1984 1984 ****

Filming in the year in which it was set, Michael Radford took on the task of adapting Orwell’s seminal guide to individuality versus totalitarianism, and made the bold move of filming it like a period piece. Focusing on 1984 as Orwell might have imagined it, rather than putting a futuristic sheen on it, Radford gets right to the core of the novel, with John Hurt perfect as downtrodden Winston Smith, and Richard Burton a mighty presence as O’Brian. Suzanna Hamilton is also a good choice for Julia, but it’s Radford’s careful selection of the material that makes 1984 work so well; ironically the Eurythmics singles on the soundtrack seemed to create more of an impression on the pop culture of the time than the film.


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