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Seniors’ Paid Matinee: The Elephant Man

+ intro by author and lecturer Graham Rinaldi

This 40-year-old, multi award-winning film is now newly restored in digital 4K, overseen by director David Lynch.

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USA-UK 1980
Dir David Lynch
With Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud
Digital 4K
Certificate PG

John Hurt, transformed by incredible make-up, plays the real-life Joseph Merrick (re-named John for the film), dubbed ‘The Elephant Man’ due to his physical appearance. He’s rescued from an East End freak show by Dr Frederick Treves (Hopkins), who places him in a hospital, yet Merrick finds himself subjected to similar morbid curiosity by the medical profession and members of Victorian high society. Hurt’s quietly magnificent performance, the extraordinary depiction of the underbelly of Victorian London, the atmospheric black and white photography, and Lynch’s trademark experimental touches, make for a haunting and memorable tale.

Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer

Also available on BFI Player.

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