Howard Hunt, the CIA man,
bought the film rights to Animal Farm
and helped set up the first film production
of Nineteen Eighty-Four.

1984 MOVIE 1984 IS BAD

On the list of the ten worst movies I've ever seen (and I can't remember the names of the other nine) "1984" is near the top. It came out in 1984 and so misrepresents Orwell's masterpiece that I tell people not to watch it. It is so monosyllabic and boring and grey that I've only ever watched it myself using the fast forward button. Julia and Winston are not portrayed accurately and the sex scenes gross people out. It was Richard Burton's last movie and it's too bad he didn't die sooner. And John Hurt looked better as Elephant Man than he does in portraying Winston Smith. The movie is actually so lame it gives Orwell a bad name, which is exactly what its producers intended.

Regrettably it seems to be the case these days that when it comes to studying 1984 in school, teachers are using the movie version. They plug the video into the machine and thus the students receive "prolefeed" created by the CIA instead of being taught the message of the book by a teacher who understands its importance. Unless students do independent learning they won't realize that there is a lot more to the book than Winston and Julia having sex and O'Brien upping the dial on the torture machine.

All the best,
Jackie Jura



Reader asks about Orwell's film rights. Nov 10, 2004. Go to ORWELL A WRITER WRONGED

...To support his argument that 1984 was pro-capitalist, the author offered as proof the fact that the Washington branch of the John Birch Society had adopted "1984" as the last four digits of its telephone number. That's as absurd as saying Orwell would approve of the JBS because it advertises his books in its magazine, New American. In reality, the far-right and the far-left hate Orwell in equal measure. See ORWELL'S PUBLISHING PROBLEMS

Broadway's "1984" is Orwell for Dummies
(a stone dud from very first scene)
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"1984" on Broadway scenes so graphic people fainting
(jagged bursts of neon strip lighting shock the senses)
Huff/Gothamist, Jun 29, 2017
1984 MOVIE 1984 IS BAD
& Prolefeed


Victoria says the movie "1984" speaks the truth about what's going to happen in our future

Erik says "1984" is once again being made into a movie

Brenda asks where to buy a copy of the original 1984 movie

Betty asks where she can get the movie "1984" but doesn't specify which version

Dave wonders how and why Niven became involved in that low budget "1984" radio production

Dave sends a link to the 1949 radio play of "1984" starring David Niven as Winston Smith

Cliff's question about the 1956 version of 1984 reminds Jackie to order it

BBC'S 1954 TV VERSION OF 1984 (Mary asks where to obtain a copy)

Craig says 1984 was an awful movie

Fred says thanks for finding the 1956 version of 1984 and sends kudos for the website

Lola is looking for the original Edmund O'Brien version of 1984 and can't find it

Fred is seeking the 1950s, Edmund O'Brien movie version of "1984"

Daniel says: "...I am trying to find a copy of the ORIGINAL "1984" movie which was filmed in black and white, starred Edmund O'brien as Winston, and was produced in about 1958. I have viewed it twice about 1960 or so, and it is memorable! I have been looking for the original ever since the atrocity of that god-awful, god-damnable color-perversity version came out..."

Kellie is a theatre student directing and re-writing an adaptation of 1984 for her senior class

Mathiew saw bits of the 1984 movie years ago and it was so bad he thought the book was bad too (again, the pervert effect of that bad movie)..."

ORWELL'S VOICE & BLUE EYES (wish there was a recording of Orwell's BBC broadcasts). Go to 17.Falsificatin of Past & 20.Thought Police. Mar 28, 2004

Reader says images of movie of 1984 imprinted on his mind

16.Ministry of Truth and 2.Prolefeed


Jackie Jura
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