John Hurt as John Merrick in The Elephant Man.

Flashback: The Elephant Man, David Lynch’s most conventional film, takes a compassionate look at the life of Joseph Merrick

Unlike his other works, Lynch’s second feature is full of compassion and optimism, and based on the true story of Joseph Merrick, deformed star of a Victorian freak show

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John Hurt as John Merrick in The Elephant Man.
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