Considering the unending influence of George Orwell’s dystopian classic “1984,” it’s perhaps surprising that the novel has only been adapted twice as a feature film, in 1956 and, appropriately in 1984. The latter version screens at 7:30 p.m. on April 4 at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave.).
“1984” is Orwell’s tale of a totalitarian state called Oceania, and of Winston Smith, a lowly worker at the “Ministry of Truth.” Smith begins to rebel against “Big Brother” during the novel, and director Michael Radford’s film adaptation brilliantly captures the sense of hopelessness that grips his actions.
Still, it’s a story of resistance, and the book and film are especially meaningful in 2017 for reasons that should be abundantly clear. Hallwalls is one of nearly 200 venues nationwide screening the film on April 4 - the date in the novel when Smith begins his rebellion.
Starring the late John Hurt and featuring Richard Burton’s final performance, “1984” is a true stunner. Introducing the film is David R. Castillo, director of the University at Buffalo Humanities Institute.
Tickets are $8 general, $6 for students and seniors, and $5 for Hallwalls members. Visit hallwalls.org.