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Friday Jan 05 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

This film is part of the weeklong program CLASSIFIED, a multidisciplinary look at art and surveillance.

Directed by Michael Radford. UK. 1985. 113 min.
Starring the late, great John Hurt, Michael Radford’s bleakly beautiful adaptation of Orwell’s seminal 1949 novel depicts a government that manufactures its own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, and has never been timelier. Hurt plays Winston Smith, a government bureaucrat whose job is rewriting history and erasing people from existence in post-atomic war London. While his co-workers seem content to follow the state's laws, Winston starts to rebel by writing in a secret diary despite the ever watchful gaze of Big Brother. He suffers in solitary until he meets Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) and they engage in a stoic love affair. Their relationship is soon found out and Winston is subjected to punishment by his former friend O'Brien (Richard Burton in his final film appearance). In this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.

Read the The New York Times review.

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