Following a free screening of Michael Radford’s adaptation ofĀ 1984Ā in early April as part of a nationwide event,Ā Film CommentĀ Editor Nicolas Rapold moderated a panel discussion about present-day doublespeak and dystopia. This week’s episode of theĀ FCĀ podcast presents the conversation, which took place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Using the film’s aesthetics and narrative as a starting point, the panelā€”featuring critic and curator Ashley Clark; filmmaker Petra Epperlein, director of the Stasi documentary Karl Marx City; andĀ New York MagazineĀ book critic Christian Lorentzenā€”considers the Trump administration’s manipulations of memory, motifs in modern dystopian literature and film, the role of media in public discourse in the UK and Russia, and how Orwell’s original text resonates in 2017.

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