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Recommendable adaption of George Orwell's novel "1984"
am 8. Dezember 2013
The novel “Nineteen-Eighty Four” by George Orwell was published in 1949. Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) was born in 1903 in India and died in London in 1950. He published some political allegories, e.g. “Animal Farm”, which made him famous.
His novel “Nineteen Eighty Four” narrates the story of Winston Smith, who lives in London in 1984, or at least he thinks he does so, because in the totalitarian system and under the watchful eyes of “Big Brother” no one can really be certain, which information fits the reality and which does not.
The protagonist Winston Smith is a member of the Outer Party and works at the Ministry of Truth. In secret Winston is against the Party and hopes that the English Socialism will be overthrown someday.
One day Winston finds love with the young woman Julia, who is also against the Party. Both start to question the Party and want to join a secret conspiracy, called “The Brotherhood”. But their imaginations are not fulfilled.
The sound and visual effects in the movie create an atmosphere that makes the viewer feel scared and anxious, for example background sounds like exploding bombs in the distance, squeaking rats and dark light.
Another technical effect is the use of flashbacks, furthermore there are some slow motion parts which refer to Winston’s childhood and boost the impression of his hopelessness. The technical adaptation of the film creates similar effects on the viewer like the novel does on the readers.
The most important scenes and details from the novel have been adapted in the movie. In comparison with the novel some aspects are missing, though.
For instance the roles of children as Spies who denounce their own parents are just shortly mentioned. Furthermore the differences between Julia and Winston are not that stressed. It is not made clear that while Winston is of the opinion that he will be captured anyway and that he takes unnecessary risks like renting the room, Julia is more optimistic about the future.
Besides Winston’s job, he is altering history, is not made clear throughout the movie.
If you compare the novel with the film, you recognize that there are merely unconnected scenes which are not explained in greater detail. Even the end of the movie differs from the end in the novel because Winston does not get shot.
At any rate the movie is far from being as good as the novel because the novel is directly turned into the film with just the most important scenes and no explanations but is still worth seeing because of the shocking pictures and depressing atmosphere.
To sum up we think that the actors did a great job and most of the scenes from the novel can be recognized in the movie. The technical adaptation is well used, but the movie is a bit too dark. The movie is a close adaption of the novel, but some, in our minds, important scenes, are just marginally mentioned. Moreover the movie includes many detailed torture scenes that may not be good for people with weak nerves. Apart from that we can recommend the movie.