Lynch seems more interested, though, in another contrast to the human, machines. “Abominable things these machines—you can’t reason with them,“ says Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), the doctor who rescues and cares for Merrick. He is operating on a man horribly mutilated by a machine, and Lynch shows us again and again in this film grim, black Victorian machines and men harnessed to them like machines themselves. Reason doesn’t count for them, just animal muscle.
The Elephant ManBy War Tard
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