The Elephant Man 1980 M

3.00PM Sun 20 May 2018 (2hrs 4mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

'The story of the Elephant Man was about someone who was a monster on the outside but who inside was a beautiful and normal human being you fell in love with. He was a monster who wasn't really a monster.' David Lynch

'In recreating the story of John Merrick, the Victorian who was reputed to be "the ugliest man alive," David Lynch affects a study of prejudice, voyeurism and human dignity... Merrick was born with neurofibromatosis, giving him an enlarged head, a twisted spine, and facial deformities. As an adult, he is a virtual prisoner of a traveling freak show until the surgeon Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) becomes his protector, finding funding for a private room in the London Hospital. Here Merrick very gradually reveals himself to be not only intelligent but an intellectual, and finds a measure of happiness equal to his measure of dignity. But he becomes another kind of sideshow – for high society – and Treves must ask if he himself is not a high-class carny. Lynch plays with point-of-view to make his point: aided by the actor John Hurt in a most extraordinarily moving performance, he shows us what it must be like to see through Merrick's eyes, hear with his ears.' Pacific Film Archive

CREDITS

35MM TRANSFERRED TO DCP, BLACK AND WHITE, STEREO, 124 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: DAVID LYNCH / SCRIPT: CHRISTOPHER DE VORE, ERIC BERGREN, DAVID LYNCH / BASED ON 'THE ELEPHANT MAN AND OTHER REMINISCENCES' (1923) BY FREDERICK TREVES AND 'THE ELEPHANT MAN: A STUDY IN HUMAN DIGNITY' (1971) BY ASHLEY MONTAGU / CINEMATOGRAPHER: FREDDIE FRANCIS / EDITOR: ANNE V COATES / PRODUCTION DESIGNER: STUART CRAIG / MUSIC: JOHN MORRIS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: STUDIO CANAL

M | Mature themes