The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

Closing Night Retro

The Elephant Man

Directed by: David Lynch

USA/UK, 1980, 124m

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, director David Lynch’s The Elephant Man has been acclaimed by critics the world over for cinematographic excellence and for its outstanding story of the triumph of human dignity over ignorance, prejudice, hatred, and fear. Based on a true story, the film examines the complex emotional experiences faced by John Merrick (John Hurt), when he is discovered by a dedicated surgeon (Anthony Hopkins). Rescued from his degrading life as a circus freak, Merrick is given a chance to live his last years with comfort and respect. Nominated for eight Academy Awards®, four Golden Globes, and the winner of three BAFTAs (including Best Actor and Best Film), The Elephant Man has been ranked as one of the greatest films of the 1980s by Paste Magazine, Time Out, and Sight & Sound. The film’s brilliant make-up was even responsible for the Oscars creating the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling the following year, after an industry-wide outcry over the film’s inability to be recognized for the amazing work of Christopher Tucker. Come out and experience this stunning piece of cinema on the big screen.

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