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View Poll Results: Are you a dedicated fan of "1984"?
Absolutely 4 30.77%
Yes 3 23.08%
Just okay 1 7.69%
Not so much 2 15.38%
No 2 15.38%
Absolutely not 1 7.69%
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post #1 of 10 Old 06-08-2012, 06:41 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm a great fan of the movie "1984", my wife not at all. What's your opinion?

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This is kind of a weird one for me. I had to do this extensive book report in school on this one but there were some cumbersome and tiring oddities about the format and detail required in the report and it really left a sour taste in my mouth for this film. I think of it even in regards to hearing Van Halen's 1984 title. I want to like it and appreciate what it is but it's a true struggle for me to say I am a fan of the film.

Oddly, some friends and I were talking about the relevance to today's society about a week and a half ago.
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I trust we are not discussing the old one with Edmond O'Brien and Jan Sterling, but the John Hurt/Richard Burton one. And isn't there talk of a new one? And there's a British TV version with Peter Cushing.

It was pretty good. I'd be interested to see it with the Eurhymics score.

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The John Hurt version. Yours was a good question.

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This is kind of a weird one for me. I had to do this extensive book report in school on this one but there were some cumbersome and tiring oddities about the format and detail required in the report and it really left a sour taste in my mouth for this film. I think of it even in regards to hearing Van Halen's 1984 title. I want to like it and appreciate what it is but it's a true struggle for me to say I am a fan of the film.
Oddly, some friends and I were talking about the relevance to today's society about a week and a half ago.

Even with my enthusiastic support of 1984 I truly respect your opinon and find it valid. I have received extensive treatment for PTSD. A few weeks back I planned to re-watch the movie. That same day a very dramatic event impacted my emotional state. Through out my eighteen months of weekly PTSD counseling I was taught how to manage such events. Without disappointment I knew my scheduled viewing of 1984 was not to be. To enjoy this social-political drama one must be prepared to take in tremendously detailed manipulation to the nth degree. Obviously, one also has to come to terms with the fact that there is and, in my opinion, can be no happy ending.

Decades ago I too had to write about the book. That was the beginning of my fascination with 1984.

Thank you for your post.

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I saw the BBC version in 1959 and it stuck with me for years especially after reading the book in high school. The 1984 version not so much. There was something more chilling and authoritarian about the BBC version. I rewatched it a few years ago too.
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I saw the BBC version in 1959 and it stuck with me for years especially after reading the book in high school. The 1984 version not so much. There was something more chilling and authoritarian about the BBC version. I rewatched it a few years ago too.

I would like to see the 1959 version. That reminds me. Invasion of the Body Stachers has several versions. To me the original is by far the best followed by the one with Donald Sutherland.

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I read the book as a teenager and I've seen both films. 1984 and Brave New World were two futuristic stories that caught my imagination in my younger days even though both are depressing stories. For some reason (like the OP's wife) this version never registered with me.

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I would like to see the 1959 version. That reminds me. Invasion of the Body Stachers has several versions. To me the original is by far the best followed by the one with Donald Sutherland.

Here's the 1954 BBC production:
http://archive.org/details/Meatpies_1984

A clip from the 1956 version with Edmond O'Brien which is not BBC but is the one I saw as a kid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_b04ZzekOA

Available at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/1984-Edmond-OBrien/dp/B0001H6D5I

Probably because it was B&W it had a very "eerie" quality to it.
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Here's the 1954 BBC production:
http://archive.org/details/Meatpies_1984
A clip from the 1956 version with Edmond O'Brien which is not BBC but is the one I saw as a kid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_b04ZzekOA
Available at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/1984-Edmond-OBrien/dp/B0001H6D5I
Probably because it was B&W it had a very "eerie" quality to it.

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