What representations of disability are offered in "The Elephant Man" (1980)?
"The Elephant Man" is set in 1980, in the Victorian era where circus shows containing circus 'freaks' were common. The text begins with a montage of disturbing and provocative images, coupled with pounding and eerie music creating an unnerving atmosphere connoting the horror and thriller genres. The soundtrack is mainly non-diagetic, with exceptions of Merrick's diagetic breathing to show his nervousness, further creating a sinister image of the film in the minds of the audience. Adding to this image is the shock and horror of the audience of the circus show, causing the elephant man's sec…
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