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Brave New World (2011)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio
Directed by: Ridley Scott

Brave New World is Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio’s new movie which gives a lot of room to discuss Aldous Huxley’s work, and how happiness can be manipulated by political power.

Brave New World for Hollywood as Aldous Huxley feud ends
As reported by The Sunday Times, when Leonardo DiCaprio was a young boy, he used to play hide-and-seek in the overgrown gardens of a Hollywood Hills mansion owned by the family of the visionary British author Aldous Huxley.

Now, 30 years later, the star of Titanic and The Aviator is paying back the hospitality by putting his Hollywood muscle behind the first big-screen production of Brave New World, Huxley’s most enduring novel.

The Universal Studios movie, which Sir Ridley Scott wants to direct, has become possible only because years of wrangling over the terms of Huxley’s will have finally been settled, his granddaughter Tessa confirmed last week. “There is now nothing stopping this film,” she said.

America, which claims the Surrey-born author as one of its own, appears to be on the brink of a Huxley revival.

Until her own death at 96 last December, Huxley’s Italian-born widow Laura maintained the Mulholland home as an open house where she became friends with George DiCaprio, the actor’s artist father.

“Laura and I were friends, and Leo was friends with Laura’s ward Karen: they were toddlers playing together in these rambling old gardens with an empty fish pond and wild flowers everywhere,” DiCaprio, 64, recalled last week.

“Laura always wanted a film made of Brave New World, but the technology was not there to make it look convincing. It is a vast futuristic world to put on screen, packed with many ideas which made it tough for some studios to deal with. And there were also family issues,” he said.

These issues hinged on the terms of Huxley’s will. It left 80% of future royalties to Laura and 20% to his son Matthew by his first wife Maria, which on Matthew’s death passed to his two children Trevenen and Tessa.

They expressed what family friends call “disappointment” with this arrangement, and made it clear they enjoyed “termination” rights, which meant they could stop any film. Studios were not willing to risk that.

The Huxleys’ literary agent, Georges Borchardt, who also represents Ian McEwan and the Tennessee Williams estate, has negotiated a fresh, undisclosed royalty deal with the younger Huxleys, which has cleared the way for the movie.

Tessa Huxley, 54, said last week that she remembered playing as a small child with her grandfather in the house on Mulholland. She added: “I know my grandfather would be very pleased that his ideas were about to reach a new audience around the world.”

Brave New World 2011 trailer: Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio movie trailer

Brave New World: Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio video commentary

Ridley Scott, DiCaprio travel to “Brave New World”
As reported by Reuters, Ridley Scott is going back to the futurism. The “Blade Runner” director is joining forces with Leonardo DiCaprio to take on one of the most highly regarded dystopian works of literature, Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”

The studio has brought on “Apocalypto” scribe Farhad Safinia to write the script; he’s expected to be working shortly. Scott has mentioned casually in interviews that he’s interested in the 1931 novel, whose film rights are owned by DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company, prompting a flurry of rumors on sci-fi and other blogs over the past year.

Brave New World 2011: Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio pictures

Brave New World 2011: Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio pictures


Brave New World 2011: Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio pictures

Brave move for DiCaprio and Scott
BBC wrote that DiCaprio will produce and star in the adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1931 novel, a prophetic work set in a seemingly perfect 26th-Century world.

Sir Ridley, who worked with DiCaprio on Body of Lies last year, will direct the film, The Hollywood Reporter has said. His previous forays into science-fiction, 1979’s Alien and 1982’s Blade Runner, are considered classics of the genre.

Huxley’s ‘futurist’ novel, written in 1931 and published the following year, has been adapted for several televised movies but has yet to make it to the big screen. Set in a world divided into five castes, it tells of a psychologist from a lower caste who becomes infatuated with a woman from a higher order.

Sources:

http://www.scifimoviepage.com/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/

http://www.reuters.com/

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/

Brave New World is a 1998 movie inspired by Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World. The film stars Peter Gallagher and Leonard Nimoy. While I suggest to read the book for the original story, the movie Brave New World is enough to make us think about how our present and future may be.

This post is full of SPOILERS. If you have not read the book or watched the movie, please scroll down to see Brave New World Movie free, as published on YouTube.

Brave New World: movie plot (SPOILER! :-)
The film takes Aldous Huxley’s novel and modernizes it. The movie is about Bernard Marx, a high-level “Alpha” executive, and on his relationship with Lenina Crowne. Compared to the movie, in Aldous Huxley’s book Bernard Marx’s character is significantly less righteous, he harbors a brooding inferiority complex due to his short height, and his feelings for Lenina are more one-sided.

Marx and Lenina have been seeing each other almost exclusively for a number of months, a practice that is beginning to attract unwanted attention from some in the strictly polygamous society where “Everyone belongs to everyone”. On top of this, Marx is increasingly coming under scrutiny by the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning (his boss) for his wild theories on human psychology and mind control.

The couple vacations at a “savage reservation”, which is dirty, poor, and rustic. Their helicopter crashes, and the couple is rescued from the clutches of a gang of thugs by a young man named John Cooper, who turns out to be the son of a Savage woman and an unidentified Alpha man who once worked at the reservation. Marx invites the Savage and his mother Linda to visit “civilization,” so that he may study John’s mind and gain some insight into why the conditioning programs at the DHC seem to be failing.

John is initially excited by the wonders of civilization, but soon finds it dull and boring without the availability of literature, philosophy, free thinking and especially Shakespeare. The populace constantly hounds him, seeing him as a new celebrity ready made for popular consumption; his story spawns a feature film and even his own clothing trend. Marx gains the notice of World Controller Mustapha Mond and moves up the ladder, while Lenina finds herself having strong feelings for John and even stronger ones for Bernard. Meanwhile, the DHC, who turns out to be John’s natural father, erases his name from the Reservation database and programs a wayward Delta assembly line worker to kill Marx, knowing that if Marx identifies him as a parent, the consequences could be dire.

Linda’s constant use of a hallucinogenic drug called soma finally proves fatal, causing John to snap and rampage through a drug distribution center. The plot on Marx’s life fails, and the DHC is exposed as the father of a Savage, leading to his dismissal and reengineering as a menial laborer. Mond promotes Marx to DHC and pardons John. Seeking to escape the constant pressure, John flees to the countryside, is cornered relentlessly by the press, and is run off of a cliff where he falls to his death. John’s suicide after failing to relate to his new environment is made more obvious than in the book.

Lenina is pregnant with Marx’s child. Bernard Marx and her take the long tunnel to a coastal area, shown in the final scene of the film, and become a family there. Back in the World State, a child, who is identified in the beginning of the film as Gabriel, can be seen plugging his ears with tissue during a sleep-teaching session.

The optimistic signals towards the film’s end suggesting the populace possibly fighting back against programming does not find place in Aldous Huxley’s original story. However, Aldous Huxley also wrote the “Island”, the account of Will Farnaby, a cynical journalist who is shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala. Island is Huxley’s utopian counterpart to the 1932 Brave New World.

Aldous Huxley wrote:
If I were now to rewrite the book [Brave New World], I would offer the Savage a third alternative. Between the Utopian and primitive horns of his dilemma would lie the possibility of sanity… In this community economics would be decentralist and Henry-Georgian, politics Kropotkinesque co-operative. Science and technology would be used as though, like the Sabbath, they had been made for man, not (as at present and still more so in the Brave New World) as though man were to be adapted and enslaved to them. Religion would be the conscious and intelligent pursuit of man’s Final End, the unitive knowledge of immanent Tao or Logos, the transcendent Godhead or Brahman. And the prevailing philosophy of life would be a kind of Higher Utilitarianism, in which the Greatest Happiness principle would be secondary to the Final End principle – the first question to be asked and answered in every contingency of life being: “How will this thought or action contribute to, or interfere with, the achievement, by me and the greatest possible number of other individuals, of man’s Final End?”

Brave New World movie trailer

Brave New World movie: online streaming, better than torrent
Please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuiaT0nX9ls to see the 1998 movie mentioned in this post.

Brave New World movie: online streaming, better than torrent – 1980 version

This 3-hour, 1980 TV adaptation of the 1932 Aldous Huxley novel is set 600 years in the future. In this “well- ordered” society, the citizens are required to take mind-controlling drugs, sex without love is compulsory, and test-tube babies are commonplace because of a ban on pregnancy. Keir Dullea heads the cast as Thomas Grahmbell, “director of hatcheries”.

Not everybody is satisfied with society’s lack of humanity and feeling; the loudest dissidents are free-thinking poet Heimholtz Watson (Dick Anthony Williams) and brilliant oddball Bernard Marx (Bud Cort).

An injection of new “old” ideas are brought in by “primitive” John Savage (Kristoffer Tabori), who lives on an Indian reservation which still honors 20th century values. Meanwhile, Linda Lysenko (Julie Cobb) becomes a natural mother–and in so doing becomes a criminal. In keeping with the style of the original book, the script’s newly-minted characters are given names of pop-culture icons (Disney, Maoina, Stalina, and so on).