Monday, January 12, 2009

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a 1954 made-for-tv production of the BBC. Nigel Kneale (Quatermass II, Quatermass and the Pit, First Men in the Moon) wrote the script. It is based on George Orwell's novel with the same name, one of several filmed adaptations. This version stars Peter Cushing as Winston. Donald Pleasence is in this one as well as the 1956 film. I watched the John Hurt/Richard Burton version a couple of months ago.

This BBC presentation is online at youtube in separate segments that are about 7 minutes each. Embedding is disabled, but here are links to the parts: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15

It's also available in its entirety at googlevideo:

though at 1:47:30 it appears to be 15 minutes short of the 2-hour release time I see posted for it.

BFI ScreenOnline has a page devoted to it that discusses some of the controversy.

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