The Elephant Man
In 1884 London, a penniless man deformed by a rare illness is rescued by a doctor from a fairground freak show, and becomes a member of fashionable society
I am not an animal! I am a human being! I… am… a man!
A curious story that happens to be true; the film sets its scene superbly, has splendid performances and fascinating make-up. Yet it fails to move quite as it should, perhaps because the central figure is treated as a horrific come-on, like the hunchback of Notre Dame. (Halliwell’s)