The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

Selected by the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch.

Selected by the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch.

John Hurt gave a heartrending, Oscar-nominated performance as the title character in The Elephant Man with the aid of elaborate prosthetic makeup by Christopher Tucker that accurately recreated the unusual features of the real-life Joseph Merrick. The film was the first “mainstream” effort from director David Lynch, who brought his distinctive sensibility and striking visual style to this moving biopic, which featured widescreen black-and-white cinematography by Freddie Francis (Glory).

DIRECTOR: David Lynch. WRITTEN BY: Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, David Lynch. CAST: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, Freddie Jones. 1980. 123 min. USA. B&W. Scope. English. 35mm. Print courtesy of Lowell Peterson, ASC.

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.

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