Sunday, September 21, 2008

"If you want a picture of the future . . .

Imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever."

In 1954, the BBC aired a teleplay of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four that has become legendary. Produced and directed by Rudolph Cartier and scripted by Nigel Kneale, it stars Peter Cushing as Winston Smith. By making the most out of stark studio sets, location shooting in still war-devastated London neighborhoods, and virtuoso performances from Cushing, Donald Pleasance, and Yvonne Mitchell, this adaptation succeeds at being both genuinely disturbing and deeply moving. This version is also striking for its frank treatment of sex, particularly the segment that takes place in Pornosec, and violence. You can download the show in its entirety by navigating to the host of the clip below.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Doomsday: Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society

Kudos to the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society for making its journal, Doomsday, openly accessible using John Willinsky's OJS software. There's no content available yet, but I imagine it will be there soon, since I received my print copy of the latest issue a couple of weeks ago.

Now I just have to remember to pay my back dues . . .