Student Event

1984 – Humanities Film Series

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Central Penn College will screen 1984 on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, as part of the college’s quarterly Humanities Film Series.

Based on George Orwell’s 1949 novel, 1984 chronicles existence under a totalitarian regime. The movie stars John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton.

Prior to the movie’s 7 p.m. start, Lancaster Center Director Judith Dutill will give a brief talk titled, “1984: Can Big Brother See Me When I’m Naked?”

In addition, there will be a question-and-answer session following the movie.  

The Capital BlueCross Theatre is located on the college’s Summerdale campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

From IMDB.com: In the year 1984, rocket bombs and rats prey on the inhabitants of the crumbling metropolis of London. Far away on the Malabar Front, a seemingly interminable war rages against Eastasia. The Ministry of Truth broadcasts ceaselessly to the population via its inescapable network of telescreens. These devices, which pervade all aspects of peoples’ lives, are also capable of monitoring their every word and action. They form part of an elaborate surveillance system used by the Ministry of Love, and its dreaded Agents, the “Thought Police”, to serve their singular goal: the elimination of “thoughtcrime”. Winston Smith is a Party worker, part of the vast social caste known as the “Outer Party”, the rank and file of the sprawling apparatus of government. Winston works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth, the section charged with modifying historical news archives for consistency. When by chance, Winston uncovers incontrovertible proof that the Party is lying, he embarks on a journey of self-questioning. In doing so, he becomes a thought-criminal. Winston begins to notice that a young Party member, Julia, is watching him. She wears the distinctive sash of the ultra-zealous Anti-Sex League, and Winston fears that she is an informant. However, to his surprise, she reveals herself as a subversive, and they embark on an illicit and dangerous relationship. This prompts Winston to explore deeper the blur between propaganda and reality. Ultimately, it leads him to O’Brien, a member of the Inner Party who sets Winston on an irreversible course of discovery.—richard.leader@gmail.com

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