Friday, December 30, 2016

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

Atlantic Releasing Corporation
Directed by Michael Radford
My rating: 4 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Twilight Time)

In a bleak London future, a totalitarian government controls every aspect of daily life. John Hurt works in the propaganda department censoring newspaper articles to reflect the party line. He is aggressively pursued by fellow worker Suzanna Hamilton, eventually meeting for sex in the countryside, which is strictly forbidden. They continue to meet in the months ahead in a rented apartment above a pawn shop, unaware they are still be watched by the omnipresent tv screens. They are arrested, tortured and brainwashed into confessing their "crimes". Harrowing adaptation of the classic Orwell novel, with Hurt giving a bravura performance. The original de-saturated color palette has been restored for blu-ray, as well as the orchestral soundtrack, but the one featuring the Eurythmics is just as good.

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