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It will be “1984” on April 4 at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre . . . & Across America.

National Screening Day 1984
 The Loew’s Jersey is partnering with the Jersey City Free Public Library to participate in National Screening Day / 1984
— screening of the film “1984” followed by discussion (thoughtcrime will be overlooked).

At The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30PM
“1984” John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton.  Directed by Michael Radford. 1984, 120mins, Color, Rated R.  (Screened in high def digital.)
Filmed and premiered during its eponymous year — a pivotal moment that occurs in the novel on April 4 was actually filmed on April 4 —  Michael Radford’s adaptation is generally considered to be the preeminent movie version of George Orwell’s landmark novel (the story was filmed once before, in 1956 in a British production). Roger Ebert, who called it a “brilliant film”, wrote: “What is remarkable about the movie is how completely it satisfied my feelings about the book; the movie looks, feels, and almost tastes and smells like Orwell’s bleak and angry vision. John Hurt, with his scrawny body and lined and weary face, makes the perfect Winston Smith.” The film’s stark gray settings effectively set the mood of a totalitarian state. Suzanna Hamilton as Julia brings some human warmth to the otherwise grim and desolate surroundings, which makes her fate all the more shattering . In the last performance before his death, Richard Burton conveys Inner Party member O’Brien with a strange fatherly compassion that makes his sadistic role all the more disturbing. In contrast to some films that have a flashy look and make a lot of use of special effects to portray a dystopian future, “1984” focuses on the plight of humans with an austere landscape, washed-out colors, and severe close-ups that signify the omnipresence of Big Brother.  In all, this “1984” faithfully follows its literary source in story, character, and tone.  â€œ1984” is certainly not a ‘feel-good’ movie, but it is not supposed to be.  It’s a cautionary tale intended to make you think – and also, frightened enough to want to avoid Orwell’s nightmare parable from coming true.  (Description complied from various sources.)

The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of George Orwell’s “1984,” compliments of the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation.

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