“Beautiful, measured, and rather atypical.”
“Lynch’s powerful depiction moves a viewer from revulsion and fear to empathy and tenderness.”
—The New Yorker
“There’s not the slightest whiff of compromise in Lynch’s stark black-and-white photography, the themes of alienation and bodily breakdown, or the ambient creeping horror that are all Lynchian stock-in-trade.”
—Little White Lies
David Lynch lends his magic visual touch to this biopic of John Merrick, an English man whose deformities caused him to be seen as a freak and exhibited for pay. Nominated for eight Academy Awards®, the film stars John Hurt in a career-defining performance as Merrick, with Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, and John Gielgud.
Also screening this month: LYNCH/OZ, a feature-length video essay on the references to THE WIZARD OF OZ in Lynch’s work.