Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Original Title : Fahrenheit 451
Director : François Truffaut
Writer : Ray Bradbury
Jean-Louis Richard
David Rudkin
Helen Scott
François Truffaut
Genre : Sci-Fi
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Lewis M. Allen , Miriam Brickman , Michael Dalamar , Jane C. Nusbaum
Music : Bernard Herrmann
Photography : Nicolas Roeg
Distributor : Epoca [ar]
IMDB ID : 0060390
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Fahrenheit 451 (1966) - François Truffaut


Oskar Werner Guy Montag
Julie Christie Linda/Clarisse
Julie Christie Linda/Clarisse


From the Ray Bradbury novel, Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature that paper will burst into flame. Oskar Werner plays a fireman who does not put out fires, but who searches out books and burns them. Books make people unhappy. In a parody of social correctness, all discordant strains are removed. The world is a lonely one of separate people in which Werner begins to read the books before burning them.


Pretty good I doubt this would be Truffaut's best film, but it's perhaps his most accessible for someone not attuned to foreign-language films. Fahrenheit 451 is a very deep, tense story, with more than a hint of Orwell or perhaps Kafka about it. Oskar Werner gives a fine portrayal as the main character, while Julie Christie is truly stunning in her dual role. These two hold the film together, although it must be said that the other actors do a good job. Bernard Herrmann, as usual, provides a fine musical score, and much enhances the film.
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