Date(s) - 04/04/17
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cinema Arts Centre
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National Event Day Screening: George Orwell’s 1984
Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30pm
Members: $11 / Public: $16
Post-Film Discussion moderated by Prof. Marty Haas, Adelphi University
Additional speakers: TBA
In recent weeks, books sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 have surged. On April 4th, 2017, movie theatres across the country will be participating collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the ‘80s movie 1984. Many theatre owners strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts, and see any attempt to diminish this program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment. This national event provides a chance for communities to come together and have their voices heard. This date has been chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures its own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies has never been timelier. A portion of the proceeds from this screening will be donated to the ACLU.
Adapted from George Orwell’s classic 1949 dystopian novel by writer-director Michael Radford, 1984 stars John Hurt as Winston Smith, a drone in a totalitarian state dominated by the supreme figurehead, Big Brother. Attempting to break out, he has an affair with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), a rebellious sensualist, but then has to deal with O’Brien (Richard Burton), a powerful tool of the state. Winston and Julia are tracked down by the Thought Police and “re-educated” into loving the State. The film’s producer Simon Perry describes 1984 as both a cautionary tale and a wicked satire. The film is haunting and disquieting, but its central theme is one of heroic struggle. Director Michael Radford sees George Orwell as “fundamentally the champion of decency and the freedom of the individual against the state.”
Rated R | In English | 111 minutes