Director: Michael Radford Run Time: 115 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1984
Starring: Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker, John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton
Along with 90 cinemas across the United States, Nitehawk is screening 1984 as part of a National Event Day. A portion of ticket sales proceeds will be donated to the New York Civil Liberties Union. Big Brother is watching.
Featuring giveaways courtesy of The Strand.
Part of Nitehawk’s BOOZE & BOOKS series
Books: 1984 is the second film adaptation of the classic, and increasingly relevant, George Orwell novel.
Booze: a doublethink cocktail is in the works!
1984 features a future where absolute conformity in action, word, thought and loyalty to Big Brother is demanded. Here the world is divided into three vast states, whose inhabitants are dominated by all powerful governments. Winston, a worker, starts an illegal love affair with Julia, and becomes the target of a brainwashing campaign to force him to conform. Michael Radford’s film captures the bleakness, anxiety and internal conflict that’s so vividly described by Orwell’s words. It creates an eerie insight into contemporary life where facts, reality and compassion are being challenged by those in power.
ABOUT THIS SCREENING: On April 4, 2017, over 90 art house movie theatres across the country in 81 cities and in 35 states, plus one in Canada, will be participating collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the 80’s movie “1984” starring John Hurt, who sadly died last month. This date was chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. These theaters owners also strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment. This event provides a chance for communities around the country to show their unity and have their voices heard.