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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. Fireman 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.
“The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.”
It is a serene community. Low-slung houses, uniform of appearance, line the streets. Reed-like trees keep visibility at a maximum. Earth tones dominate the color palette, except for the occasional vermillion box with a blue light on top so as to catch the eye of would-be informants. Within these homes, bored civilians watch large flat-screen television sets from which talking heads issue assurances of social harmony. To and from work, one takes the train, taking care not to speak to fellow passengers. It all seems rather ordinary. Except that everyone is always stroking themselves and their clothing, an apparent epidemic of rather reserved heavy petting. The human…
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…
"You're not living - you're just killing time!"
Film #5 of NoeHat's Scavenger Hunt Challenge-- a film with a number in the title!
Guy Montag's world doesn't exist; it couldn't exist. How could anyone be able to read at all in a society that anathemizes the printed word? How are all the complicated electronics built without manuals and blueprints and physics textbooks? How are records maintained with nothing but numbers and photographs?
But guess what? Big Bad Wolves and gingerbread houses don't exist either. This world's very un-reality forces us to compare the details to our own reality.
Consider: The first thing I do when I wake up is look at my phone or tablet. Then I turn on music…
"We're a minority of undesirables, crying out in the wilderness. But it won't always be so. One day we shall be called on one by one to recite what we've learned. And then books will be printed again. And when the next Age of Darkness comes, those who come after us will do again as we have done."
Okay, I just finished a second viewing today, thinking especially about the ending scene with the Book People.
The New Testament says, "The Word of God is living and active". That's a good picture. For me, it isn't that the Book People have fallen into a conformity of their own (though outwardly that may be how it looks). I see the film as a fairy tale. The fact that these Words are moving around, walking from place to place means they are alive. They can't die just because copies have been burned. They thrive. And they survive.
Adaptation to film of novels that are so intrinsically about books doesn't (or shouldn't) really make any sense. Francois Truffaut's first colour film, and his only in English, overcomes this hurdle well, adding some distinctly cinematic touches to add extra depth to the already strongly thematic source novel.
What makes the films of the French New Wave is the eternal desire for experimentation. Although the playful use of unconventional techniques is not as prevalent in 'Fahrenheit 451' as in Godard's similar 'Alphaville', it still gives the film energy that it would otherwise lack. A particularly nice, subtle touch was the initial titles being spoken, hinting to the abolition of books and writing in general that is the main focus of…
"Every book burned enlightens the world," says Emerson. François Truffaut in London’s Pinewood Studios, uneasy with the language but with Nicolas Roeg’s camera and Bernard Herrmann’s violins on his side. As in Godard (Alphaville) and Losey (The Damned), the Future is Now: Ray Bradbury’s visionary regime is recognizably a mid-Sixties English tangle of antennas and wall screens, with both kook and conformist played by Julie Christie. Society has become somnolent and onanistic, pacified by pills and TV programs ("brothers" and "sisters" are too intimate terms for the zombies, the state addresses them as "cousins"). The word has been banned, books are forbidden and tracked down; firemen once extinguished pyres, now they’re the crypto-Nazis providing them. Oskar Werner is one of…
Having just read the book a few weeks ago, I feel this movie really does it justice.
A really important story.
I saw the movie a few years after reading the book (which has a special place in my heart, a classic that never leaves you) and I think no adaptation could have been better, it just fit the original and what I had in mind while reading.
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"Do you ever read any of the books you burn?"
It's been a while since I read Fahrenheit 451 so I'm not sure if it's actually a good adaptation but at least the parts I remembered were pretty accurate and I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I would. The spoken credits at the beginning of the movie seemed a bit strange at first but they fit the movie perfectly when you think about it. Another thing I really liked was the set design because it's a perfect mixture of the 60s and futuristic elements, which gives the movie a certain realness many dystopian movies nowadays don't have since they all have the same futuristic white/grey look without any ties to the present.
French New Wave directors doing sci-fi is always at least interesting. Julie Christie's dual casting is even more upsetting once you find out Jean Seberg was considered for one side of the role.
Really good horror movie.
Fahrenheit 451 is a great dystopian movie with lots of satirical elements but solid character moments as well.
A dystopian world where firemen burn books because reading is dangerous for society. The premise is interesting, but the film is just strange.
The strongest irony here is that the book is so much better than the movie. I've read the book twice now, and I genuinely don't know how well the movie could stand on its own without having read the book.
1 star for the fascinating concept and 1 star for the futuristic set design. Otherwise, just read the book.
''Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper catches fire and starts to burn.''
It was way better on my mind as I was reading the book. Still good tho.
This film has improved with time, as the dystopian fantasy of books being replaced by screens has come to pass, not because of government oppression, but as a result of technology and global capitalism. The burning of books, extensively contemplated in this film, is strangely beautiful, oddly poignant, as we see the words and images eaten by the flame, the pages curl into ash one by one. And it is so beautiful to see the colony of human books, pacing in the snow, reciting themselves, a stunning image of the transformation back from the linear, literary culture into an aggregative oral one.
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