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June 3, 2015
This movie was way off of the book. I hated it. Don't watch it.
April 29, 2015
Uma sociedade em que os bombeiros queimam livros para manter a população desinformada.
January 26, 2015
Read the book it is the masterpiece that the film is not!
January 21, 2015
"Fahrenheit 451" fue la única película en inglés y la única película de ciencia ficción dirigida por Truffaut. Esta adaptación de la novela de Ray Bradbury nos muestra cómo en un futuro cercano los libros serán prohibidos y quemados por los bomberos. Montag (Oskar Werner) es uno de esos bomberos que duda de su oficio y Julie Christie interpreta tanto a su ligera esposa Linda como a la rebelde Clarisse. Lo doloroso de esta película es que actualmente ya no se necesitan quemar los libros para que la gente no los lea.
January 9, 2015
To learn how to find, one must first learn how to hide.
December 28, 2014
Not Truffaut's best work, but that does not stop it from raising the actual point. Films are not just for artistic worshiping, but how artistically they serve the social cause, explore the human attributes through multiple fictional creative work.
November 22, 2014
By far one of the most (unintentionally?) hilarious sci-fi's I have ever seen in my life, ever.
Where do I begin? The awkward dialogue, the shots the just linger waay too long to the point of absurdity, scenes filmed in reverse and played in both ways, random slow motion, the strange cuts and transitions, precisely two random acts of screen-blacking to force attention, the spaced-out characters, hiding books in a toaster, that TV programme that so creepily stops to ask the viewer how to procceed, the dude's wifes amorous "Haaaa~" bit, flying policemen, and the firemans pole that goes UP somehow as well as down, also that same pole seems to reject the protagonist going up later in the film, as if it has a concious understanding of his recent activities while the rest of the force is oblivious (they should just have these poles everywhere, test people on it and then they would know who's been reading books or not). Also, later, he can't even slide down the pole, I guess it would just stop physics and he would just float there, so instead he opts for the stairs.
On top of all this hilarity, there is an interesting allegorical concept .

4/5 Would laugh again.
November 12, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars Montag, Montag, 12 Nov 2014
By The Outsider "Muso" (London) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Fahrenheit 451 [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
The film version of Ray Bradbury's classic sci-fi is nearly as good as the book, thanks to Francois Truffaut and a host of helpers. The look of the film is a blend of Truffaut and Nic Roeg (who shot it), the sound track by the incomparable Bernard Hermann, and a beautiful, true to the novel (mainly) script.

The odd thing - which results in a star removed - is moving the setting out of the USA into a Europe that doesn't exist. This is a clear McCarthy era paranoia tale, and without this, the film seems even weirder. Casting the German Oskar Werner is just plain bizarre. He is blank, speaks with a thick German accent while everyone else is RADA English, don't you know chaps. Montag is pretty hard to fathom as a character, but multiply this times ten in this version. I do love Julie Christies dual role as Montag's wife (now called Linda, not Mildred, for some strange reason) and his literate future girlfriend Clarisse.

All that said, this film is still a treat and a unique one at that. You will never see another one like it - it is like a film made by aliens
August 24, 2014
This film takes the social commentary and intriguing premise from the novel and gets rid of the boring characters that were found in the book, making for an adaptation that is much better than the source material.
August 22, 2014
An intriguing story most notably for its metaphysical ending which is open to interpretation. I am sure the novel could only be better, but the film itself is flamboyant with the presence of Oskar Werner.
August 12, 2014
I love the sets, though they look way less futuristic and just flat out 60s, I don't see why they didn't try a little harder. The point of the movie was lost on me too, I felt zero emotion throughout, and by the end I was mostly bored. Oh well.
½ August 4, 2014
(First and only viewing - 11/18/2012)
July 22, 2014
Review In A Nutshell:

Fahrenheit 451 follows the story of a world where books are forbidden by law and firefighters are present to ensure they are perished via fire, and one firefighter starts to have second thoughts about his profession.

The first thing came into my mind when watching this film is the similarities this film has with A Clockwork Orange and Brazil, the similarities is found in its visual atmosphere, creating this dystopian environment, but what makes this film different from the two films I mentioned is its dystopia is found internally within its characters. The physical environment that these characters live in are actually close to home, aside from a couple of "improvements" like the wall screen. Truffaut immerses the audience in the environment and he does this by not letting the set and costume designs overwhelm the frame. It was also clever of Truffaut to not spend too much time on exploring the world and keep the film's attention towards the characters and their story.

The story of Fahrenheit 451 is driven by its message of valuing literature and the need for humans to express individualism in order for life to be fulfilling. The antagonists in this film believe that life should be equal for all and painful emotions should be repressed by society as it proves no purpose in progressing mankind forward. I may not be a book enthusiast as I personally feel that it affects my experience of enjoying a film, but I do value its existence and the impact it has had on so many people. Before cinema, television and theatre productions there were literature to escape us from our lives and allow us to learn new things that would shape our intellectual and emotional values. The government is not seen and is barely touched on in this film but Truffaut lets us feel their presence through Television programs, ensuring they are controlled and keeping rebellious act at bay.

The human story in this film is primarily driven to push the film's message but thankfully, it was still able to deliver a strong and entertaining tale delivered through its empathetic and accessible protagonist. There isn't much to Montag that isn't already expressed on the surface but it didn't matter to me as the journey he goes through intellectually and emotionally was fascinating. I did have some issues with certain fragments of the story, mainly the scenes with Clarisse and the school she worked in, as those scenes slowed down the story and lacked a strong pay-off.

The score in this film, by Bernard Herrmann, is certainly far from his best work but it does do a good enough job to amplify the film's messages and help shape the film's atmosphere and tone. My feelings towards Nicolas Roeg's photography were similar to Herrmann's score, it does a good job in keeping our attentions but it doesn't amount to anything memorable or spectacular.

The acting in this film was strong but nothing worth of high praise. Oskar Werner as our protagonist, Guy Montag, did a good job playing a man who is conflicted about his profession and has started a powerful relationship with literature. Julie Christie played two different roles in this film, giving each one a different flavour in order to have them distinguishable but the intensity she delivers on both is similar. Cyril Cusack as The Captain of Fahrenheit 451 was entertaining to watch, it was so fun to watch him spill out his personal values of literature and make them feel real; there were moments where I actually felt physical angered because of the despicable things he said.

Fahrenheit 451 is certainly one of the director's stronger efforts. After seeing this, it makes me feel guilty that I don't read enough, making me feel intellectually hollow.
½ June 16, 2014
This film could be much improved with tits.
June 4, 2014
It had its moments, but far too few of them. Overall, very dated, very slow, and very boring. Most of all, boring. Having trouble sleeping? Watch Oskar Werner try to act. Bad Truffault! Very, very bad.
½ April 3, 2014
Fahrenheit 451 might've been a good novel by Bradbury, but the movie is a blurred image. It is quirky and incomprehensible in a weird way. The tone constantly changes, and it doesn't really stay very faithful to the book. All I can say positively is that it rarely gets boring.
½ January 18, 2014
An okay movie. It has kind of a distant, robotic feel to it, and the acting and the atmosphere feels pretty wooden. Nothing really seems real in the film, and it is completely without humor or even really any action whatsoever. It's pretty hard to imagine that Truffaut directed this movie, but it is a solid film and while it's probably not worth watching over other better films, you don't regret watching it.
½ January 13, 2014
Adapted from Ray Bradbury's novel, which it follows reasonably well, Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of a dystopian future where the possession and reading of books is illegal, and instead the population is expected to watch mindless TV shows or have their news fed to them via carefully controlled sources. The protagonist is a "firemen" tasked with the destruction of such books who comes to see the error of his ways with the help of a rebellious teacher (a slight deviation from the book).
An interesting interpretation of an interesting book - it is probably recommended for a one of viewing although the ending may be unsatisfying to some (although relatively true to the original book).
Super Reviewer
January 12, 2014
The story is still poignant and timeless, but Truffaut was not the right director.
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