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[Ingsoc flag from film 1984]
by Andreas Xanke

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There is no description of the flag of Oceania in Nineteen Eighty Four. In the 1984 film of the book, a flag of the ruling Party, INGSOC (English Socialism) does appear, however. If memory serves me right it is black with a red 'V' for 'Victory'. Across the 'V' are two hands, one white, one black, clasped in solidarity. Across the bottom is the word 'INGSOC'.
Stuart Notholt, 15 November 1995

The flag of Eurasia is also briefly depicted. It had a star in the upper left corner, and a thin horizontal stripe running across the flag. There may have been other devices; you never get a clear look at it.

I don't know the colors of either flag, because I believe you see them only in pictures on the omnipresent black-and-white "telescreens". The "V-with-clasped-hands" device, however, appears elsewhere (sort of like a coat of arms), and seems to contain black, white, and red.

I'm referring to the 1980s film, not the earlier (1950s?) version.

Bruce Tindall, 10 February 1996

Wow, a post about the movie made about my favourite book! (The movie isn't my favourite movie, however.) For the record, the movie was made in the year 1984 (more than likely deliberately) - the book was written/published in 1948 (mix around the last two digits, and that's how Orwell came up with the totalitarian year). Back to flags:

The movie opens with a patriotic shot of the Ingsoc flag flying. I seem to recall there might have been other flags shown in the movie of the other nations (BTW, there's only about 3 or 4 other nations in the book) - or perhaps I may have made up some flags when I first read the book, as explained in my earlier post, my memory's a bit hazy right now. I believe the symbolism of the flag is the new order under Big Brother rising out of the darkness of the past - I'm pretty sure it was explained in the book
David Kendall, 21 December 1998

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