USA Today - 03/27/1998
"...Truffaut's direction seems more Hitchcockian than ever..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Ray Bradbury's best-selling science fiction masterpiece about a future without books takes on a chillingly realistic dimension in this film classic directed by one of the most important screen innovators of all time, the late Francois Truffaut. Julie Christie stars in the challenging dual role of Oskar Werner's pleasure-seeking conformist wife, Linda, and his rebellious, book-collecting mistress, Clarisse.
Montag (Oskar Werner), a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom. Truffaut's first English language production is an eerie fable where mankind becomes the ultimate evil.
In a dark futuristic world, literature, reading, and independent thought have been outlawed. The government has gone so far as to employ a special league of firemen to burn all books on sight. But when one otherwise obedient fireman (Oskar Werner) meets an intriguing revolutionary (Julie Christie), she provokes him to question the legitimacy of his actions. Tensions mount when he blatantly transgresses the very laws he's employed to enforce, and his terrified wife becomes an informant. Because the subject of censorship seems to be perpetually contemporary, one can argue that the significant social impact of FAHRENHEIT 451 will forever be current. François Truffaut's film is based on the best-selling novel by Ray Bradbury.
Based On A Novel |
Essential Cinema |
Theatrical Release |
Theatrical release: November 14, 1966
Shown at the Venice Film Festival, September 7, 1966.
FAHRENHEIT 451 was one of the first films to emerge from Universal Studios, London. It was also François Truffaut's first fully English language film.
Among the books burned in the film are novels of author Ray Bradbury and an issue of the French film journal Cahiers du Cinema, which Truffaut wrote for.
Fahrenheit Not Quite 451
Movie Lover: Hanley Harding from
Sunny Isles Beach -- November, 5, 2005
I'm not quite sure just how lacking in emotion the characters in this film were supposed to be, but I think the acting could have been played with much deeper "conviction of character" than Christie and Werner did. But, opinions are kinda like rear ends... everybody has one. The settings are as cold and emotionless as the characters. Even the hard-core party apparatchiks bluster and give orders, but seem to not really care about what they are so fervently supposed to believe in: the suppression of all free thought and total subjugation of the mind to the state. And in the end, when Werner has found his "free-thinkers' utopia", they all, too, seem devoid of any real happiness or satisfaction with their new-found freedom. If that is the way Truffaut meant for the film to come across, he succeeded capably, but, in my humble opinion, not admirably.