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Classic '1984' to Screen at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 16, 2008

poster for "1984"EAU CLAIRE — John Hurt and Richard Burton star in "1984" (U.K. 1984), screening Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

George Orwell's portrait of a totalitarian society where absolute conformity in action, word and thought is strictly enforced will screen at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Hurt gives a haunting performance as Winston Smith, a man whose life is dominated by fear and the sinister presence of Big Brother. Winston's world is suddenly turned upside down when he meets Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), a young girl who fills him with a mixture of rage and desire. In a society where love has been outlawed, Winston risks arrest, torture and vaporization if he is discovered. Burton is the brutish and terrifying interrogator whose devious program of physical and mental torture has the ability to bend minds.

Film critic Roger Ebert wrote, "Michael Radford's brilliant film of Orwell's vision does a good job of finding that line between the 'future' world of 1984 and the grim postwar world of which Orwell wrote. What is remarkable about the movie is how completely it satisfied my feelings about the book; the movie looks, feels, and almost tastes and smells like Orwell's bleak and angry vision. John Hurt, with his scrawny body and lined and weary face, makes the perfect Winston Smith; and Richard Burton, looking so old and weary in this film that it is little wonder he died soon after finishing it, is the immensely cynical O'Brien."

Presented by the International Film Society, the 113-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

Tickets for all campus events also are on sale at the Service Center's ticket office in the main lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center. The ticket outlet is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed during holidays and academic breaks.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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