Nineteen Eighty-Four / 1984 [Region 2]
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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Dutch ( Mono ), English ( Mono ), French ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), Turkish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: After The Atomic War the world is divided into three states. London is the capital of Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens. Winston Smith is one of the bureaucrats, rewriting history in one of the departments. One day he commits the crime of falling in love with Julia. They try to escape Big Brother's listening and viewing devices, but, of course, nobody can really escape...
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Fantasporto Awards,
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The screenplay follows the book closely, and focuses on the most important passages, a necessity due to the time constraints of any movie. This movie is long, but how could one make a short version of this story worth watching? The lighting and soundtrack add to the atmosphere or dread and gloom.
The messages conveyed by the book emerge from the dialogue and performance of the actors. The sets it was filmed on match this mood aptly. This is a rare instance where the movie version of a great story is as worthwhile as the book it drew upon. Though it is depressing, it is a profound and unique film that all who appreciate fine cinematography should watch.
In this case we are lucky because both the basic story and the basic philosophy were transmitted in this movie. An added plus, you could say double plus good, was the portraying the environment as a period piece as described in the book and not as some modern version. The story "1984" was envisioned in 1948.
In a society that has eliminated many imbalances, surplus goods, and even class struggle, there are bound to be deviates; Winston Smith (John Hurt) is one of those. He starts out, due to his inability to doublethink, with thoughtcrime. This is in a society that believes a thought is as real as the deed. Eventually he graduates through a series of misdemeanors to illicit sex (Suzanna Hamilton) and with the help of an encouraging inter party member (Richard Burton) even plans to overthrow the very government that took him in as an orphan.
If he gets caught, he will be sent to the "Ministry of Love" where they have a record of 100% cures for this sort of insanity. They will even forgive his past indiscretions.
This version is a little more graphic than the other two earlier commercial movies. However each movie version brings a different emphasis on this classic story. There is a 2007 version in the works
Read a review of the book "1984" by George Orwell. The movie can stand on its own merit, but knowledge of the book will help fill in the gaps and explain the inferences. Better actors could not have been picked. Richard Burton is in his element.
Many people think this is happening today.