Fahrenheit 451

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"What if you had no right to read?"
  • NR
  • 1966
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 7.2  (45,140)

In the dystopian world of Fahrenheit 451, books are banned and "firemen" are tasked with burning any that are found. Oskar Werner plays Guy Montag, a fireman who begins to question the system he has been a part of after meeting Clarisse, played by Julie Christie. Clarisse is a young woman who is curious about the world and encourages Montag to question his beliefs.

Montag's doubts are further fueled when he witnesses a woman choose to be burned alive along with her books rather than give in to an oppressive society. He begins to secretly collect books of his own and soon finds himself on the run from his former colleagues, including his boss Captain Beatty, played by Cyril Cusack.

As Montag tries to escape to a society where books are valued, he encounters others who are part of an underground movement to preserve literature. Along the way, he learns about the importance of free thought and the dangers of conformity.

The film, directed by François Truffaut, is a visually striking representation of Ray Bradbury's classic novel. The use of color, particularly red and orange, is employed to create a sense of danger and urgency in scenes where books are being burned. The contrast of Montag's sterile, white apartment to the colorful world outside adds to the film's overall visual impact.

Oskar Werner's performance as Montag is nuanced and powerful. He portrays the character's inner turmoil and eventual rebellion against the system with subtlety and depth. Julie Christie's portrayal of Clarisse is equally impressive, as she effortlessly embodies the character's sense of wonder and curiosity about the world.

The film's score, composed by Bernard Herrmann, is haunting and enhances the film's overall mood. The use of silence is also effectively utilized in several key scenes to create tension and emotional impact.

Fahrenheit 451 remains a thought-provoking exploration of the dangers of censorship and conformity. It reminds us of the importance of free thought and the value of literature as a means of exploring the world around us. The film's message is as relevant today as it was over 50 years ago when it was first released.

Fahrenheit 451 is a 1966 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

Fahrenheit 451
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    7.2  (45,140)