“Good dramatic bullsh*t…”


So I’m listening to an audiobook version of George Orwell’s dystopic 1984 on the commute in to work this morning, right? And I think, “I reckon what sort of ‘making of’ stuff is there on the novel?”

A quick internet search for “making of 1984” turned up a surprising hit: Ridley Scott, talking about the making of the award-winning American television commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh 128k personal computer.

(Yes, you read that right: 128K. About one-fifth the size of one of my desktop shortcut icons.)


The first Macintosh (1984), The Macintosh 128K

The commercial first aired on December 31, 1983. I was a year into college  and while desktop computers weren’t as prevalent back then, I’d certainly read Orwell’s novel (being a science fiction fan, and as a college-prep requirement).

Today was the first time I had seen this interview and I laughed aloud when I heard Scott utter the words entitling this post, used to describe the Nostromo’s interior and set dressings. Of all the adjectives I have seen used over the decades to describe it, I’ve never heard these…and straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak!

My search for background on Orwell’s novel continues, but in the meantime, I hope you get as big a kick out of this interview as I did!



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