The Elephant Man 1980
124 mins USA Director. David Lynch
John Hurt, unrecognisable beneath the make-up, delivers a tender performance as the severely deformed Joseph Merrick, rescued by Anthony Hopkins' kindly surgeon from the hell of a circus sideshow to a more genteel world of scientific enquiry. Lynch's sensitive study of disability and difference was shot in lustrous black and white by veteran cinematographer and ex-Hammer director Freddie Francis.