"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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"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 ...
First rate acting. Absolutely topnotch cinematography. These four scenes plainly, and immediately, capture the spirit of the book- as If George Orwell himself had directed it. It is as if you, yourself, were there.
It leaves the viewer wishing that the entire book could have been filmed !
Marshall Peterson clearly emulates the masters, but the piece is NOT derivative. The influence of Kubrick and Hitchcock, in particular though, seems apparent. Nevertheless, the feeling comes across that Marshall Peterson comes from a place of deep respect, even a certain reverence, for these men and the mood the were able to create. This is not a bad thing. I am certain that almost any great artist- of any kind- could point to those who went before them whose examples were inspirational- even pivotal.
All in all, I would love to see more from this skilled, and very capable, director. Again, WELL done !!
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