Cinema: Cinema: Best Of 1980

Altered States. A modern Dr. Jekyll unleashes the primal beast within himself. The meeting of Paddy Chayefsky and Ken Russell set off a daft, cagey combustion of ideas and styles, producing a fantasy of delirium and delight.

The Big Red One. Veteran Action Director Samuel Fuller's elegy to a genre he loves (war movies) and a life he lived (as a young soldier in a famous World War II division). Tough, sentimental, definitive.

The Elephant Man. David Lynch transforms the story of John Merrick—the noble ogre of Victorian England—into a grim, lovely fairy tale. John...

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