“1984” showing a collaboration of Cinemapolis and Ithaca College

Ithaca College’s “Project Look Sharp” is joining forces with downtown movie house Cinemapolis for this week’s showing of George Orwell’s “1984.” It’s one of over 180 showings nationwide this Tuesday.

Cinemapolis is Downtown Ithaca’s movie theater. 14850 file photo.

The movie showing will also feature an interactive discussion led by IC’s Project Look Sharp directors, Cyndy Scheibe and Chris Sperry, “about education, critical thinking and media literacy in the age of “Fake News,” according to Ithaca College. Proceeds will support Project Look Sharp’s efforts to help educators “teach critical thinking and media literacy skills nationally and in our region.”

Written in the post-war ’40s, Orwell’s novel was set in a dystopian future but offered sharp commentary on the author’s own bleak time.

The Michael Radford film “does a good job of finding that line between the ‘future’ world of 1984 and the grim postwar world in which Orwell wrote,” wrote Roger Ebert. It stars John Hurt, Richard Burton, and Suzanna Hamilton.

Staff from Buffalo Street Books will be at the screening to sell dystopian fiction titles like “Lord of the Flies,” “Brave New World,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” as well as “1984,” and Gene Stone’s new “Trump Survival Guide.”

Organizers say all educators will be admitted at Cinemapolis’s usual member discount price of $8, and may bring one guest free of charge. Adult admission is $10.50.

It’s one of over 180 showings taking place across the United States on April 4th, the date Winston Smith began questioning Big Brother in Orwell’s chilling novel, “1984.” Showtime is 7pm on Tuesday, April 4th, at Cinemapolis, 120 East Green Street.

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