April 11th, 2012: The Elephant Man (1980)

Cast and Crew:   Frederic Treves (Book The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences); Ashley Montagu (Book The Elephant Man:  A Study in Human Dignity); Mel Brooks (Executive Producer); Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Dexter Fletcher, Kenny Baker

What It’s About:  The life of John Merrick (John Hurt), a deformed man who appeared in sideshows of the Victorian era as “The Elephant Man”.

Why Watch it Today?:  John Merrick died today in 1890.  David Lynch’s acclaimed film brings together an excellent cast, with Hammer Studios vet Freddie Francis giving the film a very Universal horror feel, at odds with its moving story of humanity.

Where to Get ItAmazon, iTunes, Vudu or your local library

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