At the beginning of the semester we compared and contrasted several ideas and basics of Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World.
Being very interested in the movie industry I was struck by the familiarity of the elements in both titles within many films. There was a new movie trailer I had recently seen that seemed to capture Brave New World's ideas. So I decided for this blog post to research some other films that had similar themes. Come to find out there are a lot that have either been strongly influenced by the two books or have at least subtle association.
Movies based on 1984 focus on a time in which the government has complete control, whether with surveillence or other means - virtually there is no freedom for individuals. Works that convey this include Brazil, V for Vendetta, 12 Monkeys, and Minority Report.
Some would include movies like Blade Runner and Total Recall in this category as well, but there is less feeling that government is controlling, but rather that dystopia has fallen on society as a whole, instead of being inflicted upon the specific characters.
Another movie that seemed to surround the same topic was the 2002 film, Equilibrium, based on a nation in which people have to take a designer drug to stop emotional feeling and keep everyone's mood even. War was eliminated by suppressing emotion - and books, art and music are prohibited.
There are several sites discussing the possibility of a movie adaptation of Brave New World, with interest from director Ridley Scott and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. News of the film began in 2011, so only time will tell if it will go into production. In 1998 there was a television movie loosely based on the book, but like most adaptations much of the content and character details deviated from the original story.
I was somewhat surprised to find such extensive lists people had put together online of films documenting ideas from 1984, and far fewer about Brave New World. Most of the films I discussed above are a bit older though, and newer films do seem to focus more on interpretations of Huxley's thoughts.
Do you think this represents a societal shift? What kinds of discussion do you think these movies will bring to the forefront for audience members?