1984

Nationwide Event!

Director: 
Michael Radford
Year: 
1984
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
113 mins
Cast: 
John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton
We're part of a nationwide group of independent movie theaters, including Alamo Drafthouse, IFC Center, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, joining together on April 4 to screen the now timely dystopian classic "1984," a date chosen to screen this film because it's the day George Orwell's protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. A portion of the evening's proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

The classic George Orwell story set in a world where absolute conformity in action, word and thought including loyalty to Big Brother is demanded. In 1984, the world is divided into three vast states, whose inhabitants are dominated by all powerful governments. The story centers around Winston Smith (John Hurt), a worker and member of the Outer Party, who starts an illegal affair with Julia and becomes the target of a brain-washing campaign to force him to conform. Winston works in the Records Department in the Ministry of Truth; his job is to rewrite and distort history. As a way to rebel and escape Big Brother’s tyranny, at least in his own mind, he begins a diary, which is an act punishable by death.