1984 (film 1984)

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1984. Michael Radford, dir. UK: Virgin Cinema Films (prod.) / Atlantic (US theatrical dist.) / MGM (nontheatrical dist.), 1984 / 1985 (US release). John Hurt and Richard Burton, stars.

Except for the ambiguity of Smith's final declaration of love—which, in the film, could refer to Julia—a faithful adaptation of G. Orwell's novel (q.v. under Fiction), catching and even exaggerating the grubbiness and primitiveness of the world of 1984: the technology in the Ministry of Love is not advanced, with a helicopter and the telescreens the most advanced technology in the film.