1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four/1954 BBC Version)

1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four/1954 BBC Version)

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1984 DVD (Nineteen Eighty-Four/1954 BBC) Truly Restored, NOT Amazon version! B&W. Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, Yvonne Mitchell, Donald Pleasance.

1984. London is the capital of one of three world communities of Oceania. Following the first atomic war, everyone in London (and everywhere else) is constantly watched by TV cameras (which are also screens) and by "Big Brother" and his faceless aides. The surroundings are drab, and no individuality will be tolerated. The walls are plastered with ominous posters which read "War Is Peace," "Freedom Is Slavery," and "Big Brother Is Watching You." And he is.

Winston Smith works for the state and finds that he cannot handle the stultifying atmosphere of being ruled by the Ministry of Love because he is falling for a woman named Julia. They begin to have a clandestine affair which will be life-threatening if ever uncovered by the Anti-Sex League or the Thought Police. Since there are two-way microphones in every residence, the deepest fears of every citizen have been audiotaped and are known to the authorities. When someone is brought in, they are taken to Room 101, where they have to confront their innermost fears. In the case of Winston Smith, the rats are coming. This is arguably the best, most powerful screen version of George Orwell's monumental novel - which is even more amazing when one considers that it was broadcast live on British television in 1954. Unforgettable.

"Early BBC-TV adaptation of Orwell's classic, brilliantly conceived and presented. Seek this one out." - Rotten Tomatoes / Film Threat