Nineteen Eighty Four

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In the first attempt at ’s, appeared on the big screen, with remarkable success.

is a British black-and-white science fiction film, based on the 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by , depicting a totalitarian future of a dystopian society. This is the first film adaptation of the story, directed by Michael Anderson and starring Edmond O’Brien as protagonist Winston Smith, and featuring , , and .

A voice-over narrator explains that in the mid-1950s, a nuclear war and devastation of Earth gave rise to three superstates: Oceania, Eurasia, and East Asia. By , London, with its bomb-proof ministry, is designated as the capital of Airstrip One, a province of Oceania, controlled by one all-powerful Party, embodied by the figurehead Big Brother.

In the spring of , Winston Smith, a member of the elite Outer Party, encounters Julia, a woman he suspects may be a member of the Thought Police. Winston returns to his apartment, where an electronic surveillance eye examines the contents of his briefcase. Smuggling a small black diary past the eye, Winston begins to write down the subversive thoughts he fears to say aloud. Winston’s reverie is interrupted when Selina Parsons, a little girl who lives next door, enters his apartment to practice denouncing him as a traitor. Robert Parsons, Selina’s father, invites Winston to join him for a drink at the local Chestnut Tree café.

Like the earlier film adaption of Animal Farm was secretly funded by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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