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Fahrenheit 451


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  • Actors: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Spenser
  • Directors: François Truffaut, Laurent Bouzereau
  • Writers: François Truffaut, Laurent Bouzereau, David Rudkin, Helen Scott, Jean-Louis Richard
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mca (Universal)
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087F6L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,096 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Englishteacher on Jan. 3 2011
Format: DVD
This is a fine film. Can be used in the classroom, but needs to be explained as it doesn't follow the novel completely; the essence of the story and plot lines are faithfully constructed, but there are some omissions and changes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daffy Bibliophile TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 8 2012
Format: DVD
A very good adaptation of Ray Bradbury's famous book. Oskar Werner is great as Montag and Cyril Cusak is perfect as the avuncular yet threatening Captain Beatty; while Julie Christie does a good job as Montag's pill-popping, mindless wife, her casting and performance as Clarisse is a weak spot in the film. Although the threat of nuclear war is not needed nor included in the film, the mechanical hound would have been nice to include in the movie.

All in all, a very good movie though. The plot moves along nicely, the acting is outstanding, and the movie stays very true to the theme of the book. This was François Truffaut's only English-language movie although he had worked with Oskar Werner previously in "Jules and Jim". Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on July 18 2004
Format: DVD
This is Fahrenheit the way it was meant to be. Truffaut is a master film maker. I also recommend "Two English Girls" and "Jules and Jim" as well. It's impossible not to think of the Heinrich Heine quote, "Where one burns books; one will soon burn people" while watching it. The inversion of a fire fighters who, rather than put out fires, start them was a very innovative idea on Bradbury's part. The main character is quite compelling and easily evokes our sympathy. This work is prescient and timeless. In today's talk show era, do books still not remain dangerous and subversive?
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Format: DVD
To have a book is verboten (forbidden). And those people who still read them, will be punished.
Thsi statement is the central nervous of that film. The sequence of a woman reading a comics without words is a cruel methapor of a world that reminds us to the book's burn in the Reichstag in the thirties.
Julie Christie, an extraordinary actress and a true icon of the sixties, steals the show. Oskar Werner as Montag is OK.
A film who'll disturb and will let you thinking.
A must for you to watch it.
The paper burns at 451 Farenheit degrees.
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Format: DVD
This science fiction novel became an authentical icon at sixties. Ray Bradbury wrote a nightmare tale in which the having of books is forbidden .
Of course, the first it comes to your mind is the Reichstag affair in that famous burnig books. But beyond the anecdotical similarity, Bradbury anticipated the huge impact of the audiovisual culture in the citizen's behavior.
Day afterday, for the mass media the employement of his free time, seems getting far from the lecture, and the concept of knowledge is substituted by information.
This is the central nucleus of this reading.
Truffaut made a haunting film with a touch of romanticism that weaks the central message.
Julie Christie - this living leyend - carries under her shoulders all the dramatic consequences derivated from her "sin". And Oscar Werner (Montag) is the fireman book who slowly changes his mind about his initial beliefs.
Of course there are many coincidences with Orwell's 1984,but it's a must for you watching this movie.
It will let you thinking for a long time, specially those twenty minutes ending.
And then make the link with Jersy Kosinski's novel "From the garden".
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Format: VHS Tape
'Fahrenheit 451' is one of the rare films that is just as good as the book. Check it out if you can. But, be warned, it is not completely faithful to the book.
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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 3 2004
Format: DVD
This film has failed to attract the attention and appreciation which I think it deserves. Directed by Francois Truffaut and based on Ray Bradbury's novel, it co-stars Oskar Werner (Guy Montag) and Julie Christie in two roles (Linda and Clarisse). The cinematography provided by Nicolas Roeg is superb. The title specifies the temperature at which paper will burn in a totalitarian society in which books are systematically incinerated by "firemen" whose single purpose is to eliminate anything which encourages and nourishes freedom of thought. Montag is one of them, a Fire Captain. Over time, his loyalties become divided between a love of literature and an obligation to destroy it. Hence the dual role for Christie: Clarisse McClelland is a neighbor and book lover to whom Montag is attracted (in several different ways) whereas Linda is committed to feeding the bonfires with as many books as can be located.
Why do books pose such a serious threat? In the novel, Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way. "Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs.... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy." In other words, entertain people with mindless television programming, thereby to isolate them from any ideas which could raise doubts about the oppressive system. The quality of acting is consistently outstanding throughout the cast. The film is generally faithful to Bradbury's novel, taking certain liberties here and there but preserving the atmospherics of menace, fear, and (worst of all) submission. The heroes and heroines are those who meet in secret, sharing passages which they have memorized from great books. So long as that process continues, "dangerous ideas" will be kept alive.
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