1984 is a 1956 British black-and-white (colorized) science fiction film, based on the 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, depicting a totalitarian future of a dystopian society.
This is the first film adaptation of the story, directed by Michael Anderson and starring Edmond O'Brien as protagonist Winston Smith, and featuring Donald Pleasence, Jan Sterling, and Michael Redgrave. The character O'Brien, the antagonist, was renamed "O'Connor", due to the shared surname of the actor Edmond O'Brien. Emmanuel Goldstein is changed to "Kalador".
In 1954, Peter Cushing and André Morell starred in a BBC-TV made-for-TV adaptation which was extremely popular with British audiences, leading to the production of the 1956 film version. Donald Pleasence had also appeared in the BBC television version, playing the character of Syme, which for the film was amalgamated with that of Parsons. The script was co-written by William Templeton, who had previously adapted the novel for the US Studio One TV series in 1953.
For the U.S. market, 1984 was distributed in 1956 on a double feature with another British science fiction film, The Gamma People. After distributor agreements expired, the film was withdrawn from theatrical and TV distribution channels by Orwell's estate and has not been officially available for many years.
Like the earlier film adaption of Animal Farm, 1984 was secretly funded by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Film by Halas and Batchelor, based on the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. British animation (1954) Thanks for watching. FAIR USE NOTICE: This video may contain copyrighted material. Such material is made available for educational purposes only. This constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. section 107 of the US Copyright Law.