In 1946, The New Republic Panned George Orwell's 'Animal Farm'
September 26, 2013
In honor of Banned Books Week, we're publishing our original reviews of frequently banned books.
TNR Film Classics: ‘Animal Farm’ (January 17, 1955)
January 17, 1955
It is a serious pity that one can only praise the film version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm as a valuable beginning or experiment, and hardly more than that. For the project, under the sponsorship of Louis de Rochemont, was clearly given the benefit of a great deal of intelligence, devotion and skill, to say almost nothing of the amount of money involved. The reviews in the daily newspaper have already pronounced the damnation of faint praise upon the film with a genuine kindness which will serve no purpose and certainly will not help at the box office. One can only hope that Mr.