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Orwell's '1984' back in theaters in stand against 'alternative facts'

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 02:13

''They're occurring today, April 4th, because that's the day in 1984 when Winston, the main character, starts his diary, that is his first act of rebellion against the totalitarian state,'' says a Film Society of Lincoln Center organizer. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Nearly 200 independent movie theaters across the United States on Tuesday (April 4) screened the film of George Orwell's "1984" novel about a dystopian future, in what organizers say is a stand against U.S. President Donald Trump's administration. The 1949 book, which returned to the U.S. best-seller list in January, features a "Big Brother" government that spies on its citizens and forces them into "doublethink," or simultaneously accepting contradictory versions of the truth. The movie based on the book was released in 1984, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. Organizers the United State of Cinema said the screenings across 44 U.S. states were arranged to "take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as 'alternative facts.'" At a packed afternoon screening of "1984" held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in Manhattan, Nicolas Rapold, who helped organize the Lincoln Center screening, said he expects at least 100 people to attend each of the three free screenings at the venue. "They're occurring today, April 4th, because that's the day in 1984 when Winston the main character starts his diary, that is his first act of rebellion against the authoritarian, or rather, totalitarian state," said Nicolas Rapold, editor of Film Comment, which is published by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The British novel was reprinted in January, decades after it was written, following the Trump administration's defense of "alternative facts," a term White House official Kellyanne Conway used during a dispute over the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration.

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Orwell's '1984' back in theaters in stand against 'alternative facts'

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 02:13