Tuesday, April 4 — 7:30PM
John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton.
Directed by Michael Radford.
1984, 120mins, Color, Rated R. (Screened in high def digital.)
Filmed and premiered during its eponymous year -- a pivotal moment that occurs in the novel on April 4 was actually filmed on April 4 -- Michael Radford's adaptation is generally considered to be the preeminent movie version of George Orwell's landmark novel (the story was filmed once before, in 1956 in a British production). Roger Ebert, who called it a “brilliant film", wrote: “What is remarkable about the movie is how completely it satisfied my feelings about the book; the movie looks, feels, and almost tastes and smells like Orwell's bleak and angry vision. John Hurt, with his scrawny body and lined and weary face, makes the perfect Winston Smith.” The film's stark gray settings effectively set the mood of a totalitarian state. Suzanna Hamilton as Julia brings some human warmth to the otherwise grim and desolate surroundings, which makes her fate all the more shatterig . In the last performance before his death, Richard Burton conveys Inner Party member O'Brien with a strange fatherly compassion that makes his sadistic role all the more disturbing. In contrast to some films that have a flashy look and make a lot of use of special effects to portray a dystopian future, “1984” focuses on the plight of humans with an austere landscape, washed-out colors, and severe close-ups that signify the omnipresence of Big Brother. In all, this “1984” faithfully follows its literary source in story, character, and tone. “1984” is certainly not a ‘feel-good’ movie, but it is not supposed to be. It’s a cautionary tale intended to make you think – and also, frightened enough to want to avoid Orwell’s nightmare parable from coming true. (Description complied from various sources.)
The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of George Orwell’s “1984,” compliments of the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation.
After the movie, audience members are invited to stay for a discussion panel of local arts and community leaders who will set the film in its historic context and use it as the jumping off point for exploring the challenges and possibilities facing cultural organizations and the press at this moment in American history. Panel members will include, Christine Goodman, the founder and past director of Art House Productions in Jersey City; John Beekman of the NJ Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library; a representative of The Jersey Journal; and Colin Egan, director of the Loew's Jersey Theatre.
The Loew's / JCFPL screening and discussion is one of only two National Screening Day / 1984 events scheduled in New Jersey.
Admission: $10 Adults / $5 Seniors & Students Proceeds will go to the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Loew's.
To buy tickets on line, go to https://1984loews.eventbrite.com/