MICHAEL RADFORD | UK | 1984 | 115 MIN
Featuring a new exclusive taped introduction and post-screening discussion with director Michael Radford about the making of the film and 1984‘s relevance in today’s world.
George Orwell’s 1984 imagines a bleak future that bears startling resemblances to oppressed societies both past and present. This definitive adaptation brings the author’s vision of life in a hellish surveillance state to vividly grimy life. In bombed-out, dystopian London, lonely everyman Winston Smith (the late John Hurt) lives in perpetual fear of the brutal totalitarian government and its omniscient overlord, Big Brother. But after beginning an illicit affair with a young woman, Winston undertakes a number of small rebellions in search of personal freedom and finds himself perilously close to detection by the dreaded Thought Police.
Along with theaters around the country, the Philadelphia Film Society is presenting this timely masterpiece on April 4, the day that Orwell’s protagonist begins keeping his forbidden diary.
Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton
“Looks, feels, and almost tastes and smells like Orwell’s bleak and angry vision.” -Roger Ebert