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.
Dir David Lynch
With Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud
A STUDIOCANAL release
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.