The Elephant Man

1980, Brooksfilms

Co-produced by Mel Brooks, co-written and directed by David Lynch, and starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, The Elephant Man was a major critical and commercial success. But some weren't taken in by this high-brow freak show, which comes off as self-consciously self-important, and fails to provide us with much in the way of a message or even a purpose, other than celebrate Hurt's remarkable performance (with the make-up imposing such a strain that he could only perform every other day). The black-and-white photography only served to heighten its vain plea for greatness.






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