Annotated Bibliography for 1984 by George Orwell
Radford, Michael, dir. 1984. Perf. John Hurt and Richard Burton. London: Umbrella-Rosenblum
Film Productions, 1985.
The film Nineteen Eighty-Four, released in 1984, was directed by Michael Radford is an adaptation of the novel 1984 by George Orwell. The movie holds true to the story, where in the year 1984, the Party drills and broadcasts fearful propaganda interminably to the population via its unavoidable network known as telescreens. These telescreens form part of a complex surveillance system used by the Ministry of Love, dictating the way of life to Oceanians, in order to eliminate thoughtcrime. The main character, Winston Smith is a Party worker - part of the social party known as the Outer Party, who has the job of eliminating history that goes against what the Party preaches. However Winston is a thought criminal, one who embarks on a journey of curiosity, which is highlighted when he meet another thought criminal, Julia. This sparks Winston to explore deeper into the Party and its rivals, and whether the rebellious group known as the Brotherhood exists, which ultimately leads him to O'Brien, a member of the Inner Party, and a member of the Thought Police who leads Winston on an irrevocable course of discovery. In my opinion, the movie illustrated Orwell’s novel brilliantly, taking in consideration every minute detail that Orwell had in the novel on to the big screen, from Winston’s varicose ulcer to ensuring that John Hurt, the actor playing Winston, walked with a hunch. It was fascinating to see the contrast between the living conditions of the proles in comparison to the conditions of the Party. The director, Michael Radford made them seem not too far apart, which allowed the viewers to see how highly the Party thought of themselves, while the proles felt that the Party were just smarter proles more believable. Another intriguing point about the movie was in the closing scene...