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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Filmed Adaptation
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Farenheit 451
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Farenheit 451, Jan. 3 2011
This review is from: Fahrenheit 451 (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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Filmed Adaptation, June 8 2012
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Daffy Bibliophile (Toronto, Canada) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Skill and High Art., July 18 2004
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Bernard Chapin "Ora Et Labora!" (CHICAGO! USA) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark future perhaps not so far, May 14 2004
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Hiram Gomez Pardo (Valencia, Venezuela) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fahrenheit 451 (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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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful issue with multiple implications, May 13 2004
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Hiram Gomez Pardo (Valencia, Venezuela) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the book!, April 12 2004
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Dhaval Vyas (Dallastown, PA U.S.A) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fahrenheit 451 (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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Neglected Classic, April 3 2004
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Robert Morris (Dallas, Texas) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful- not fluffy, March 31 2004
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It was a strange movie; the edgy feeling was on par with, say, Edward scissor-hands. That was mostly due to the Score being very well done. A beef I have with a lot of more modern movies is that people don't use their score and background music well anymore. With the exception of Lord of the Rings, the use of themes takes the place of mood- and that's not really a good thing. In Fahrenheit, the music sets the tone and helps you interpret the intended emotional effect. Otherwise, in a movie with so little dialogue and such stone-faced acting (which wasn't as negative as it sounds), you'd hardly know what you were supposed to feel!
The story is set in the near future, in a time when books have been outlawed. The main character is a fireman- no, he doesn't put out fires (homes these days are modern and fire-proof - he starts them by burning books. Firemen are trained to go out on calls to people's homes, raid them of all their hidden books and burn them. Television totally controls the culture standard as all people are brought into uniformity with each other. The communist idea of everyone being made alike is brought to its full manifestation.
The Fireman begins to read the books he burns after meeting a lady who doesn't quite fit the mold. Eventually he is caught, murders his captain with a flame thrower and escapes to live with the Book People, a commune of individuals each of whom have memorized some great work of literature in order to preserve it. "I'm 'The Prince' by Machiavelli" says one scraggly looking man, "It should now be plain that you can't judge a book by its cover!"
Seeing as it is an older movie, everything about it is tame as far as how nasty stuff is portrayed. People smoke (books about lung cancer used to make them upset, so they were burned to preserve their happiness), overdose of pills, die fiery deaths among piles of forbidden books, and get shot. But none of it is anywhere near the more brutal or sickening kinds of violence and such one is used to seeing in movies. Incidentally, the one love scene in this movie consists of the wife knocking her husband onto the bed, untying his bathrobe to reveal *gasp* long sleeve and long legged pajamas, and as she wraps her arm around his PJs and kisses him, the scene fades.
As a philosophical movie, it does well, bringing up some excellent questions about "common good", "individuality", and "happiness". As pure entertainment, or party fare, it does very little good at all. Rent it and think through the questions the "model society" brings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the future, March 11 2004
This review is from: Fahrenheit 451 (DVD)
"Look, mummy, there's going to be a fire!" exclaims the young boy as hero Montag goes off on his duty to keep people from learning. Francois Truffaut's first English language film is an indictment of closed mindedness, censorship and probably Communism.
Oskar Werner, as Montag, goes through a metamorphosis in this movie. First, he dispels the notion that firemen once put out fires, then morphs from book burner to book reader to revolutionary with the help of Julie Christie's alter ego.
Christie plays two roles in the film -- Montag's vacuous wife and the school teacher that first questions his happiness as a book burner and later aids his fulfillment as agent of change in a bookless society.
This little film, that couldn't keep up with its big brother book, still packs quite a wallop. The "future" presented in this flick definitely seems like the past in 2004. Still, the message of anti-intellectualism is as rich and poignant today as anytime.
Even by digital 2004 standards "Farenheit 451" remains a memorable landmark about a time in world history when people worried about things as mundane as antiintellectualism, book burning, government intrustion in personal lives, and seeking life experience greater and more meaningful than looking nice, having a good figure and an empty head.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oskar Werner, François Truffaut and Bernard Herrmann, March 10 2004
This review is from: Fahrenheit 451 (VHS Tape)
Any film that has Oskar Werner in the lead, is directed by François Truffaut and has a score by Bernard Herrmann has to make one sit up and take notice. Taken from Ray Bradbury's futuristic novel Truffaut's outlook is still not entirely satisfying for those who choose to read as Herrmann's music seems to underscore. The images remain haunting.
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