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Big screen classics

The Elephant Man

I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!

Image from The Elephant Man

USA-UK 1980
Dir David Lynch
With John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft
123min
Digital
Certificate PG

‘Lynch’s visual scheme is so imaginative that it transcends the by now well-known story, and scene by scene you don’t know what to expect. You’re seeing something new...’ Pauline Kael was deeply impressed by Lynch’s innovative style in telling the true story of Joseph Merrick, and she praised the director’s ‘extraordinary taste; it’s not the kind of taste that enervates artists – it’s closer to grace.’

Also available on BFI Player.

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