Previously at the ICA - Films
29 Jul 2017
This deeply moving drama by David Lynch tells the story of John Merrick, a man so terribly deformed that he is displayed in freak shows until a doctor takes an interest in his condition and welfare. Shot in superb black and white by English cinematographer Freddie Francis, the film stars John Hurt. Though this variant on the beauty and the beast theme can be considered as one of Lynch’s more conventional films, its vision of Victorian London is also the stuff of nightmares. Hurt’s subtly nuanced performance as Merrick is enormously expressive.
The Elephant Man, dir. David Lynch, USA 1980, 124 mins