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DVD information: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) DVD Director: Michael Radford Writers: George Orwell (novel) Michael Radford (written by) Genre: Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi | Thriller Cast John Hurt ... Winston Smith Richard Burton ... O'Brien Suzanna Hamilton ... Julia Cyril Cusack ... Charrington Gregor Fisher ... Parsons James Walker ... Syme Andrew Wilde ... Tillotson David Trevena ... Tillotson's Friend David Cann ... Martin Anthony Benson ... Jones Peter Frye ... Rutherford Roger Lloyd-Pack ... Waiter (as Roger Lloyd Pack) Rupert Baderman ... Winston as a Boy Corinna Seddon ... Winston's Mother Martha Parsey ... Winston's Sister Additional Details Also Known As: 1984 (UK) (alternative spelling) Runtime: 113 min Country: UK Language: English Color: Color Oceania, formerly Britain, is at war with the continents of Eurasia and Eastasia. Winston Smith is a clerk at the Ministry of Truth whose job is to rewrite newspaper headlines to change the past and provide a more positive image of the government. Winston buys a diary and starts to write in a corner in his apartment where he is hidden from the omnipresent television screens that monitor the entire populace. He is drawn into a forbidden loveual liaison with Julia, a co-worker from the Ministry. But they are discovered and he is arrested and taken to be tortured, broken and made into a good citizen again. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) is a literary classic – not just an sf classic, but one that has become set texts in various English literature classes. In terms of sf it is the single most influential Dystopian work, with dozens of books and films having borrowed the imagery of Orwell’s malevolently omnipresent totalitarian state and its breaking of the individual’s spirit. There are no more potent and savage a series of indictments of the anonymous machinery of totalitarian power than the images that Orwell emphasizes – of the future of the omniscient state as a boot stamping into the face of humanity forever, or of O’Brien holding his fingers up before Winston to ask how many he sees – “Four” “And if the state says three fingers, how many do you see?” Terms like Newspeak and Big Brother have gone on into general recognition – most recently it even became the name of a reality tv series Big Brother (2001– ) wherein contestants are placed in a house wired with tv cameras – and phrases like ‘Orwellian’ or a ‘1984 scenario’ are frequently used to suggest a totalitarian nightmare. Orwell was in reality Eric Blair (1903-50). Blair came from a lower middle-class British family – his father was a civil servant who worked in the Opium Department in India. Blair for a time joined the Indian Imperial Police and then went to fight for the socialist cause in the Spanish Civil War. But it was back in England that he found his calling as a writer, with non– and semi-fictional works such as Down and Out in London and Paris (1934), A Clergyman’s Daughter (1935), Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936) and The Road to Wigan Pier (1937). Throughout all of Blair/Orwell’s work is a strong feeling of empathy for the poor and working classes and a desire to act as moral voice and tell their story. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) was Orwell’s last and greatest book. He was suffering from tuberculosis when he wrote it, something that casts a grim shadow of suffering over the book, and died a matter of months after it was published. Info / Additional Service / Auction info / Informationes Renseignement extra: Le sigle DVD signifiait à l'origine Digital Video Disc, soit « disque vidéo numérique ». 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