TUE, APRIL 04, 9p:
Protest the proposed cuts to cultural programming, including the impending elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, by attending a special screening of the film 1984…
“Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence, ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen’…Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier…Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”-Statement on behalf of over 140 independent theatres nationwide that are screening the film on April 04.
Directed by MICHAEL RADFORD/1984/UK/1hr, 53mins.
With John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton
Based on the novel by George Orwell
Featuring music by the Eurythmics and Dominic Muldowney
Based on the dystopian novel by George Orwell, this film was made in April of 1984, the exact time and setting imagined by the author. In a totalitarian society, a government bureaucrat, Winston Smith (John Hurt), is given the duty of rewriting history. He makes the forbidden mistake of falling in love and thus falls into the cycle of dodging the eyes and ears of Big Brother, who is always watching.
"There are attitudes of doublethink all around us. George Orwell pointed it out in a very extreme form. He was writing when the world had just experienced an upheaval from the Right (Nazism) but since then we have an upheaval from the Left (Soviet Communism) and now we can see both sides of it…I have tried to make the story utterly real, although the setting is utterly unreal. Everybody behaves as normally as possible, which produces a strange, surreal effect. That's how you feel when you read the book. I think this is the first ever naturalistic science-fiction movie".-1984 Director Michael Radford
The film will be preceded by a special recorded intro by director Michael Radford and followed by post-screening remarks.
During the introduction Michael will express his views about the relevance of 1984 in today’s world. And during the post-screening conversation he will recall stories about the making of the movie while discussing the ways in which Orwell's prescient dystopian tale has retained its haunting and powerful currency across continents and generations.