Film Series: “The Elephant Man” Aug. 30

| August 29, 2012

The Webster University Film Series presents The Elephant Man Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.

The Elephant Man

(David Lynch, 1980, UK, 124 min.)

The Elephant Man is the second in “Everything is Fine: The Films of David Lynch,” an eight-film series. Other well-known Lynch works including “Blue Velvet” and the original television pilot of “Twin Peaks” will be shown Thursdays through Oct. 11. American filmmaker Lynch is known for his unique cinematic style and surrealist films that are characterized by dream imagery.

Shot in rich black and white by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis, the film tells the heartbreaking yet somehow uplifting story of John Merrick (John Hurt), a hideously deformed individual dubbed the “Elephant Man” during his years in a circus freak show in Victorian England.

After suffering for years at the hands of his circus “master,” the eloquent, soft spoken Merrick is “rescued” by compassionate surgeon Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), who allows him to live at the hospital where he works. Merrick becomes a social celebrity when he meets a popular stage performer (Anne Bancroft), but he must continue to fight for his dignity with those who still choose to view him as a freak.



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Admission is $6 for the general public, $5 for seniors (60 +), students from other schools and Webster alumni, $4 for Webster University staff and faculty and free to Webster University students.

Coming soon:

A series of screenings highlighting the films of Chris Marker, including La Jatee, Bestiary and The Case of the Grinning Cat Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency.


Category: The Arts, Webster Events

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