John Hurt

'1984' Screenings To Benefit Civil-Liberties Charities

'1984' Screenings To Benefit Civil-Liberties Charities

Since the presidential election, protest-art events are popping up everywhere, including movie theaters. On April 4, about 90 cinemas around the country will screen the movie "1984," based on George Orwell's legendary novel about a hellish totalitarian society.

The film, released in 1984, stars John Hurt and Richard Burton. In a post-nuclear war landscape, the whole world is just three countries. Hurt portrays Winston Smith, whose job is to rewrite history, under constant visual and audio surveillance by Big Brother. Then he falls in love, which is against the rules, and tries to escape Big Brother, which is impossible.

April 4 was chosen as the screening day because...

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