U.K., 1984, 110 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Michael Radford, Rated R, Park Circus


Saturday, October 7

“This version penetrates much more deeply into the novel's heart of darkness.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Like the book, 1984 understands that forgetting these lessons puts us a step closer to the unthinkable.” —Rob Vaux, Cinema-stache

4K Restoration

This film was based on the classic 1949 George Orwell novel of the same name and set in a world where absolute conformity in action, word and thought is demanded, including loyalty to Big Brother. In 1984, 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 brain-washing campaign to force him to conform.

George Orwell's (pseudonym for Eric Blair) 1984 was nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Although the extraordinary book was written more than 70 years ago, it is timelier than ever. Throughout the last few decades, it has been banned and challenged for its social and political themes, as well as sexual content. Click here to read more about this book.

Join us and Books and Books to celebrate Banned Books Week with the presentation of two films adapted from challenged books, 1984 by George Orwell and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. Banned Books Week (October 1 to 7, 2023) celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. For more than 40 years, the annual event has brought together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, this event draws national attention to the harms of censorship. This year's theme is "Let Freedom Read." For more information, visit the American Library Association.

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