April 4, 6:30pm
Location: Somers Room
(US, 1984, 113 min.)
Dir.: Michael Radford
Cast: Johh Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton
Join us at 6:30 pm on April 4, 2017, as the Tang and over 90 arthouse theaters and cultural organizations across the country participate in a collective screening of Michael Radford’s adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984. Following our screening, a panel of Skidmore faculty will discuss the novel, the film, and what resistance can look like in our current political climate. The panel includes Associate Dean of the Faculty for Student Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Political Science Ron Seyb; Zankel Chair and Professor of Management & Business Pushkala Prasad; and Assistant Professor of English Tim Wientzen.
In the totalitarian state of Oceania, conformity is required, pleasure is illegal, and lives are dominated by fear. Workers are under constant surveillance by the Thought Police, and all must pledge total loyalty to Oceania’s leader, Big Brother. Winston Smith (John Hurt) toils away in the records office of the Ministry of Truth during the day, only to return to a squalid existence at home, dulled only by government-issued liquor. On April 4, 1984, in a small but perilous act of resistance, he begins keeping a forbidden diary. If found out, he risks arrest, torture, and vaporization.
This event is free and open to the public.