This masterly adaptation of George Orwellâs chilling parable about totalitarian oppression gives harrowing cinematic expression to the bookâs bleak prophetic vision. In a rubble-strewn surveillance state where an endless overseas war props up the repressive regime of the all-seeing Big Brother, and all dissent is promptly squashed, a profoundly alienated citizen, Winston Smith (thrillingly played by John Hurt), risks everything for an illicit affair with the rebellious Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) in a defiant assertion of humanity in the face of soul-crushing conformity. Through vividly grim production design and expressionistically desaturated cinematography by Roger Deakins, Michael Radfordâs 1984
conjures a dystopian vision of postwar Britain as fascistic nightmareâa world all too recognizable as our own.
- New interviews with director Michael Radford and cinematographer Roger Deakins
- New interview with David Ryan, author of George Orwell on Screen
- Behind-the-scenes footage
- An essay by writer and performer A. L. Kennedy