Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Critic Consensus: Fahrenheit 451 is an intriguing film that suffuses Truffaut's trademark wit and black humor with the intelligence and morality of Ray Bradbury's novel.
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as Plato's 'Dialogues'
as 'The Pickwick Papers'
as 'The Jewish Question'
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Critic Reviews for Fahrenheit 451
Even at the science-fiction horror-story level, the movie fails -- partly, I think, because Truffaut is too much of an artist to exploit the vulgar possibilities in the material.
This 1966 film often looks good (it was Truffaut's first in color, photographed by Nicolas Roeg), but the ideas, such as they are, get lost in the meandering narrative.
With a serious and even terrifying theme, this excursion into science fiction has been thoughtfully directed by Francois Truffaut and there is adequate evidence of light touches to bring welcome and needed relief to a sombre and scarifying subject.
An underrated film, perhaps because it is less science fiction than a tale of 'once upon a time.'
Audience Reviews for Fahrenheit 451
Transposed to the screen by Truffaut and with an evoking score by Bernard Herrmann, Bradbury's terrifying vision of a future is a brilliant allegory that remains intelligent and pertinent even today, when books may not be destroyed but are scorned by people.
More like a jazz riff on the source material than a note by note translation, Traffaut's version actually adds interesting layers not intended by Bradbury. It's always cool to see how the past imagined the future and this imagination is well layered. For instance all the houses have TV antennas. Its a important feature of Traffaut's vision --- and its wrong technically. Nobody back then saw WIFI coming. On the other hand wall-sized flat screens are a right on the money prediction. On the whole the film is an uneven affair, and Werner's presence is disconcerting, yet as sci-fi it totally works. Its not just about burning books. Its about controlling the masses.
I'm coming to love Truffaut, but even my second time through this film - the first time was Grade 10 English class, after the book was assigned - I found it really boring, nowhere near as intriguing as the novel. Full marks for the production design and the source material, but definitely not the director's best work... far from it.
Fahrenheit 451 Quotes
|TV announcer:||But some boys still boycott the barbershops. Here you see a mop-up squad at work on one of these messy know-it-alls. It all goes to show: law enforcement can be fun!|
|Clarisse:||One more question.|
|Clarisse:||Just a little tiny one.|
|Montag:||What is it?|
|Clarisse:||Do you ever read the books you burn?|
|Montag:||Why should I? First, I’m not interested; second, I’ve better things to do; and third, it is forbidden.|
|Clarisse:||Of course! Are you happy?|
|Montag:||What? Of course I’m happy…|
|Montag:||To learn how to find, one must first learn how to hide.|
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