Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)





John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker, Andrew Wilde, Corina Seddon, Rupert Baderman, John Boswall, Phyllis Logan, Bob Flag


After The Atomic War the world is divided into three states: Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia. London is a city in Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizen. Winston Smith (John Hurt) is a bureaucrats rewriting history in one of the department. After Winston commits the crime of falling in love with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), they try to escape Big Brother. 


Based on George Orwell's novel 1984, Michael Radford's Nineteen Eighty-Four is a beautiful, though not an easy film to watch. There are many differences between this film and the book, though they are not particularly relevant to the story.
Richard Burton, in his last role, is fine as O'Brien, and Suzanna Hamilton seems perfect as Julia. John Hurt's Winston Smith, which never seems tragic, is impressive. Roger Deakins's photography is stunning.


Winston Smith: Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two equals four.

O'Brien: Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.



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