A Brave New World

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Brave New World is an American television film first shown in 1980. It was also shown on the BBC that same year, and is an adaptation of the 1932 novel of the same name by Aldous Huxley.

In the future, pregnancy is outlawed, and citizens are required to engage in loveless sex and narcotics are used to ensure happiness in the population. Babies are created in the lab, and every child’s future is predestined into one of five classes.

While most people are happy to retain this established order, including Thomas Grambell (Keir Dullea), a supervisor of human “hatcheries,” resistance is growing, as evidenced by quirky malcontent Bernard Marx (Bud Cort) and other rebels.

Bernard and his girlfriend Lenina Disney (Marcia Strassman) go to a primitive reservation which holds to 20th century values, and while there meet a native named John (also called the Savage) (Kristoffer Tabori). They return with him to civilisation, and his presence further upends conventional thinking. John is seen as a freak and this grants him some degree of celebrity. John develops romantic feelings for Lenina, which are considered highly inappropriate, bordering on the obscene.

John’s parents are from the more technologically advanced part of the world, and he has educated himself using often banned works such as Shakespeare. John realises that his sexual mores, based on the works he studied, are antiquated in this advanced society. He therefore asks to be assigned a solitary posting, but even as he mans the lighthouse alone, he cannot escape his memories of Lenina.

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