The Elephant Man

Synopsis: Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft) before his death at 27.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Production: Paramount
  Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations.
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124 min

Treves enters the passage and disappears into the shadows.

The corridor has a series of flaps and turns to disorient

the spectator.

Treves carefully pushes his way through and arrives at the

inner chamber.

In a roped-off space stands a small stage set at eve-level,

with curtains on three sides. On the stage is a bell jar

filled with grey-murky fluid lit from behind with casts an

eerie glow in the chamber. Suspended in the fluid is the

life-sized body of a baby-doll with the attached head of a

large snake. At the join of head and body is a blob of

unidentifiable organic matter. It is obviously phony, but

the effect is still very disquieting. At the bottom of the

jar, in the muck, sits an apple with two large bites out of

it. Behind the jar is a painting on the order of a religious

triptych, portraying Adam on one side, Eve on the other, and

the tree flowering over the jar.

Treves' impassive face is bathed in the watery glow. He

studies the strange object with a critical eye. In the passage

we hear movement, and an OLDER GENTLEMAN enters. He seems

visibly impressed with "The Deadly Fruit of the Original


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David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor, and author. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style. The surreal and, in many cases, violent elements contained within his films have been known to "disturb, offend or mystify" audiences. more…

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Submitted by acronimous on September 21, 2016


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