Fahrenheit 451

1966

Action / Drama / Sci-Fi

90
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 81%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 72%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 36526

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Cast

Julie Christie as Clarisse / Linda Montag
Cyril Cusack as The Captain
Mark Lester as Second Schoolboy
Oskar Werner as Guy Montag
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by freecine 10 / 10

Underrated

A most underrated and under-appreciated film. Intensely melancholic, this is a science-fiction film of understatement, featuring one of the most beautiful scores to one of the most beautiful final passages I can recall. The film seems to slip in and out of focus, in and out of its own story and its this dazed and dreamy tone that makes it such an indelible experience. Truffaut's only work in English, (and the language disconnect appears only to help the dislocated atmosphere), this is a film that will linger long in your memory.

Reviewed by elvircorhodzic 7 / 10

Behind each of these books, there's a man.

FAHRENHEIT 451 is a Dystopian science fiction drama film which takes place in a controlled society, in an indefinite future, where books and written texts are prohibited, while, individual thought has become a question of consciousness. The books have become public enemy number 1. The story has a demonstrative character, regardless of the lack of strong emotions. This idea is not well treated, because it comes down, in a rougher sense, on a fight between the books and the media. A kind of revolution is a excessive background of the story. It is based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury.

In the future, an oppressive government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers known as "firemen" to perform the necessary book burnings. One of the firemen, Montag, meets one of his neighbors, Clarisse, a schoolteacher who may be fired due to her unorthodox views. The two have a short discussion about his job. Montag begins to question the morality of his vocation. Curious about the world of books, he soon falls in love with a beautiful young member of a pro-literature underground - and with literature itself...

Mr. Truffaut has edited the contrasts with a large dose of the enthusiasm. People are going to save the world, but only if they become books. The books will save the world, as soon as they become people. A world that rejects literature fits in a sad and depressing atmosphere. The direction is unclear and undefined. The characterization had to be better.

Oskar Werner ( Guy Montag), Julie Christie ( Linda Montag/Clarisse) and Cyril Cusack (Captain) are carefree and pompous characters at the same time. A book brings unrest in their characters, which manifests itself through desire, fear, anger, pain and a kind of love in the end.

Watching this movie, I have an impression that I was on a promising party, which has eventually become uncomfortable and depressing.

Reviewed by adkturn 9 / 10

For Want Of A Book, Mankind Was Lost....

Seen this film countless times over the years, including in theaters the year of its release. Yet it continues to retain its grandeur and eloquent anti-establishment theme, at the same time (perhaps ironically) instilling in viewers a love of books and reading.

Many people grow up and old believing when they complete their last year of formal schooling, be it high school, college or grad school, that their education is "complete" and they know everything they need, to get along in the world when in fact graduation is just the start of one's education, and a large part of that lifelong continuous process involves books!

About the film itself, there's so much to enjoy: Truffaut's incisive direction; Nicholas Roeg's stark cinematography; Bernard Herrmann's gripping score; Julie Christie's radiant dual roles as Linda & Charisse; Cyril Cusack's fatherly but soulless fire chief; and -- holding it all together with a riveting focus -- Oskar Werner as the robotic "fireman" who eventually rediscovers his humanity and sacrifices everything to keep it.

It's astonishing to look at Fahrenheit 451 from the vantage of the 21st century and marvel at the incredible concentration of A-list (for its time) talent assembled in one place for what would amount to pocket change in today's dollars. And out of that modest sum, Truffaut & company crafted an enduring film when more recent "blockbusters" made for 100 times the cost don't survive in our memory past the opening weekend.

There's a minimalism to the sets that contemporary film goers, raised in the age of HD, might find lacking but it is more than compensated for by the universality of its message.

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