I know many of you are keen to see a film adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. The one we are going to see was released in 1984 and it was the last film of the very talented actor Richard Burton. It is an interesting and at times stunning screen adaptation of the novel about a world in which the government completely controls the masses by controlling their thoughts, altering history and even changing the meaning of words to suit its needs.
Director Michael Radford manages to convey Orwell’s vision by finding that line between the future world of 1984 and the grim postwar world in which Orwell wrote. The protagonist Winston Smith, lives in a world of grim and crushing inhumanity, of bombed factories, bug-infested bedrooms and citizens desperate for the most simple pleasures.
Doesn’t that sound like fun viewing!