Directed by Michael Radford
Running time: 113 minutes
Shot in the year of the title this is another film about personal freedom in dystopia. The right to love in a time of thought control is revolutionary. The book written at the end of the second world war is set after the third and sees the world divided into three superstates. It is is a meditation on the abrogation of power to an ever-watchful but possibly non-existent controller who enslaves the citizens in a state of permanent fear and permanent military alert. Whatever cold-war fear that lead Orwell to imagine this world the film of his novel is proof of the power of the imagination to defend its own territory.
Antony Gormley 2013
Richard Burton performs his last film role in this adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel. Directed in 1984 by British director Michael Radford, Nineteen Eighty-Four is the second, and probably the most successful, rendition yet, with Burton playing evil, high ranking O'Brien, and John Hurt as Winston Smith, the government bureaucrat whose job involves rewriting history to fit with the party line. Set in a post-atomic war London, the capital city of the totalitarian super state of Oceania, '1984' is Orwell's stark, post-war vision of a fascist future. Smith, against party rules, entertains his own independent thoughts and begins an illicit love affair with free-spirited Julia (Suzanna Hamilton). Captured by the party and sent to a rehabilitation camp, he is tortured and purged of any rebellious thoughts. With its stunning production design and beautifully bleak imagery – Radford used the unusual technique of bleach bypass to drain the film of colour – this is the most successful attempt thus far to portray Orwell's darkly prescient dystopian vision.
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