"Four Episodes From 1984" contains eight scenes from a screenplay based on George Orwells "Nineteen Eighty-four", divided into four sections, or episodes, defined by their locations. The ...
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Richard E. Grant,
Helena Bonham Carter,
"Four Episodes From 1984" contains eight scenes from a screenplay based on George Orwells "Nineteen Eighty-four", divided into four sections, or episodes, defined by their locations.
The film begins almost halfway through the novel, when Winston and Julia have already become lovers and have found a seemingly safe place for their trysts, hidden from the prying eyes of the government.
The first episode, "Syme's Arrest", begins with Syme and his wife asleep on twin beds, being watched by a video camera, visibly mounted on the wall above the door. They are awakened by the sound of approaching helicopters. The door to their room opens and three policemen enter the room and surround the Syme's bed. He protests that "I am a loyal member of the party", but one of the policemen hits him with a billy club, then all three drag him out of the room. Syme's wife stays frozen in her bed as they exit and we hear the helicopter take off and disappear into the distance. From the point of view of the ...
I really love short films and art house films. When I viewed Four Episodes from 1984, I really enjoyed this film. Every detail of this film was carefully considered. Lighting, sound, writing, and acting were very good. The young cast performed very well and their acting was believable.
The director, Marshall Peterson, took great care of this Orwellian masterpiece. Rarely does a short film obtain such qualities. I am not a film critic. I am a consumer of films. I found myself engaged in the plot (since I knew the plot... this was amazing). A good find. Thanks Mr. Peterson for a fine effort and enjoyable experience.
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