The Elephant Man is a 1980 movie based on a true story about Joseph Merrick , a severely deformed man in the 19th century in London. The screenplay was taken by Lynch, Christopher De Vore and Eric Bergren from Frederick Treves’s "The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences (1923)" and Ashley "Montagu’s The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity (1971)". It was shot in black and white..
London Hospital surgeon Frederick Treves sees John Merrick in a Victorian freak show in London’s East End, where he is kept by the brutish Bytes. His head is always hooded, and his “owner”, who finds him retarded, is paid by the surgeon to bring him to hospital for examinations. He shows Merrick to his colleagues and highlights his big skull, that makes him sleep with his head on his knees..