Movie Narrative: 1984 (1984)

The captivation of moving pictures is a source of tremendous inspiration.  For this reason and many more, RB28’s Movie Narratives, continues showing our love for movies with another movie narrative.  This week, 1984 (1984), will be converted into a narrative and subsequently highlighted.  It is implied that the blog reader reads the movie narrative, and then, he or she should watch the movie.  The effort is to give the blog reader, an enhanced experience.  RB28’s Movie Narratives, ends this movie narrative of 1984 (1984), with some Hollywood facts. 

1984 (1984) is rated R.  Furthermore, it is 1 hour and 53 minutes long.  This movie is categorized under the drama and science fiction genre.  The official release date is March 22nd, 1985.  The release date is for the Country of the United States of America.  Furthermore, this movie has an original title.  Nineteen Eighty-Four, is the original title.  The director was Michael Radford.  The writers were George Orwell and Michael Radford.  The officially recognized stars were John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton.  The list of the 14 most important cast members is as follows: 

  • John Hurt (Winston Smith)
  • Richard Burton (O’Brien)
  • Suzanna Hamilton (Julia)
  • Cyril Cusack (Charrington)
  • Gregor Fisher (Parsons)
  • James Walker (Syme)
  • Andrew Wilde (Tillotson)
  • David Cann (Martin)
  • Anthony Benson (Jones)
  • Peter Frye (Rutherford)
  • Roger Lloyd Pack (Waiter)
  • Rupert Baderman (Winston Smith as a boy)
  • Martha Parsey (Winston’s sister)
  • Corinna Seddon (Winston’s mother)

 The synopsis follows.  1984 (1984) is a fascinating story of a society that, is controlled by a totalitarian government.  Big Brother is the charismatic leader of the regime, whilst, Goldstein is the charismatic leader of agents and individuals who conspire against the government.  Thought crime is the name of the crime of thinking outside the boundaries that, are established by the government.  Winston Smith is an ordinary office clerk who works in the propaganda department; changing the newspapers.  Smith keeps a journal in secret, and, is constantly narrating his thoughts about the society, in which he lives in.  The society of Oceania is a combination of industrial decay, and, the workers living and eating in a residence dormitory hall.  Smith’s thoughts become thought crime.  Furthermore, Smith becomes inspired by Goldstein’s book and is arrested.  According to the government, Smith has a disease of the mind, and, he has to be rehabilitated through torture.  Ultimately, Goldstein is revealed to be an imaginary symbol, and, the government is proved correct in torturing Smith for thought crime.  Director Michael Radford does an incredibly phenomenal job in bringing to life an extremely complicated totalitarian government.  The government has complete control, and, even the symbol of rebellion is invented by the government.  Furthermore, the cinematography and images from this movie are timeless.  The writers do an equally phenomenal job in creating a world, for a country named Oceania.  Additionally; through good writing, thought crime is easily understood.  The officially recognized stars add an incredible amount of authenticity.  Special recognition is merited to Richard Burton, for an outstanding O’Brien.  Overall, this particular movie earns the rating of 8 out of 10.  This movie definitely goes in the collection, and, it is considered to be timeless. 

The movie narrative is as follows.  Oceania is a world where the government has complete control.  As the famous saying goes, “he who controls the present, controls the past.  He who controls the past, controls the future.”  The people of Oceania watch a giant television screen.  Everything that they see is propaganda, and, everything is complete control.  The world is also a combination of industrial decay, with a, residence dormitory hall.  The workers wear the same clothes.  Furthermore, Oceania is in a perpetual war against Eurasia.  Oceania is also governed by a political party.  The internal enemy and the enemy of the political party is a man named, Goldstein.  The leader of Oceania is called Big Brother.  Through the propaganda that is played on the giant television screen, the people/workers are taught to hate Eurasia and Goldstein.  The symbol of Big Brother is a big red V.  Across the bottom part are the letters, INGSOC.  In the middle of the V, there is a white hand shaking hands with a black hand.  The language in Oceania is called, Newspeak.  Winston Smith is an office worker or clerk.  He changes the newspaper using the technology of Oceania.  In Oceania, there is a television in every room.  The television is also a camera that watches the people.  Winston Smith arrives at his apartment after leaving work.  He is watched by the television and Big Brother.  Smith keeps a journal in secret.  Smith’s journal, is his thoughts about a totalitarian society.  The workers/people refer to themselves as brother and sister.  Furthermore, they know that the television watches them.  Smith’s neighbor, Parsons, tells him the news that he changed.  All of the workers/people eat in a cafeteria.  During a meal in the cafeteria, Smith starts to notice a woman.  Smith and the people that, he associates with are not proletariat; the working class.  The proletarians are considered to be animals.  Smith constantly thinks about the society, and, narrates his thoughts.  Smith knows a store that, sells old junk and illegal products.  Smith goes to the store to buy razor blades.  At the store, he buys a globe with a figure inside, instead of the razor blades.  When he leaves the store, Smith sees the woman that, he has an interest in.  The woman is a worker that cleans and puts up propaganda posters.  Smith sees the woman one more time.  However, this time they talk for a few seconds.  The woman fell, and, Smith helped her get up.  Smith discovers where she works.  Smith believes that, she works writing pornographic novels.  The television announces a major victory against Eurasia.  The workers/people celebrate at an execution.  The celebration is in front of a giant television screen.  During the celebration, Smith and the woman have an opportunity to talk.  They agree to meet somewhere.  The woman wrote the instructions for their meeting, and, she gave them to Smith.  Smith travels to the countryside.  They find each other in the forest.  Smith and the woman have sexual intercourse.  Smith goes to the store that, sells junk in order to rent a room for $4 dollars a week.  The room is inside the store.  Smith and the woman re-meet at the room that, Smith rents.  At and in the room, Smith and the woman have a sexual romantic relationship.  A man offers Smith the 10th edition of the Newspeak Dictionary.  Smith agrees to accept the dictionary.  They also agree to meet at the man’s home.  Smith and the woman meet in the room and continue their romantic relationship.  The government and Big Brother change the society; unexpectedly.  Oceania stops being at war with Eurasia.  Oceania is at war, and has always been at war, with Eastasia.  Eurasia has always been an ally.  The history changes when the society changes.  Smith meets the woman, one more time, at the room.  Their romantic relationship continues.  Smith goes to the home of the man that, offered the dictionary.  The man’s name is O’Brien.  O’Brien is an important person, and, he can turn off the television in the room.  Smith returns to his apartment, and, starts to read the 10th Edition of the Newspeak Dictionary.  Smith quickly discovers that, the dictionary is the secret book of Goldstein.  Smith and the woman re-meet at the room.  Smith has been reading Goldstein’s book, and, he has changed.  He starts to call the woman by her name.  Her name is Julia.  This time the army invades the room, and, Smith along with Julia are arrested by the Thought Police and Big Brother.  It is revealed that, the owner of the store is an agent of the government.  Smith and Julia are detained separately, by the Thought Police.  Smith’s neighbor, Parsons, is also arrested.   Parsons is accused of being an agent of Goldstein.  Furthermore, they are detained together for a short amount of time.  O’Brien goes to see Smith, as an agent of Big Brother.  O’Brien also administers Smith’s torture and rehabilitation.  O’Brien reveals to Smith that, Goldstein isn’t real.  Furthermore, that he worked on the project to write Goldstein’s book.  The crime that, Smith committed is thought crime and everything is considered to be a disease of the mind.  From this point forward; the series of events, take the viewer, to the end.  You have to watch to know what’s in room 101.  You also have to watch to know how Big Brother cures Smith’s disease of the mind.  Additionally, to know of the major event in the war against Eurasia.  Finally, you have to watch to know what happens to Smith and Julia. 

The movie narrative of the feature film, 1984 (1984), ends with some Hollywood facts.  The country of origin is the United Kingdom.  The official language is English.  There are other notable release dates.  The other notable release dates include the following:  UK (October 10, 1984); Spain (November 1984/Valladolid International Film Festival) and France (November 14, 1984).  There are 15 filming locations, in total, that are listed for this movie.  All of the locations are in England, UK.  The original budget for this movie is estimated at £3,000,000 GBP.  The gross profits, which are reported for the U.S.A., are $8,400,000 USD.  The production companies are Umbrella-Rosenblum Films Production, Virgin Benelux, Virgin Schallplatten and Virgin.  There are several distributors for this movie.  Some of the distributors are Atlantic Releasing Corporation (USA), MGM/UA Home Entertainment (USA), MCA Distributing Corp. (USA), Umbrella Entertainment (Australia) and Twilight Time (USA). 

To end and as always, RB28’s Movie Narratives, encourages you to continue reading the posted movie narratives.  The aforementioned blog strives to provide basic information, so that it, becomes inspiration.  Movies are a great pleasure to RB28’s Movie Narratives, and, the blog’s author hopes that they are for you as well.  For this week, and in conclusion, the feature film was 1984 (1984).  RB28’s Movie Narratives looks forward to seeing you next week, when we highlight another movie.

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