Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

DVD - 2003
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Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, 2003, 1966
ISBN: 9780783255354
0783255357
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA FAH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Derringer
May 18, 2018

First off - What I'd like to know is this - Why-oh-why are so many SyFy stories that forecast man's future always so annoyingly bleak and the outlook so lousy? Eh? Why? Like - Are we really that doomed even before we get there?

When it comes to this particular sterile and dry vision of man's future where the reading of books is banned by law - It made no sense to me why people were still being taught to read and write. I mean - What the hell for?

Also - I found it hard to believe that what took place in this 1966 movie's storyline was how the law handled the ones who were outed for having books. Like - C'mon! Seriously!!??

And, finally - Speaking about French director, Francois Truffaut's screen adaptation of Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel - IMO - "Fahrenheit 451" played out like a super-cheesy "Made-For-TV" movie. It really did.

This film's drab plotline was as dry as dust. It was intellectually insulting. It was painfully predictable. And, overall, as a production, it came across like something you'd expect from the likes of shlock director, Ed Wood. I ain't kidding.

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jandt_mcmurray
Aug 15, 2017

Although I found the book thought-provoking, the movie just didn't do it for me. I found my imagination to be more entertaining than the movie director's/producer's. (For a full review of this story, see my book review. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8851251-fahrenheit-451 )

Age recommendation: 12 & up (some slightly violent scenes)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 4. (Book ranking - 6 stars)

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tigerlily_13
Mar 09, 2017

Even though, I've never read the book, I greatly enjoyed the movie, even though it's much darker than I would normally watch. I do feel that the story in Fahrenheit 451, is a timely warning that should never be forgotten.

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casem
Oct 23, 2016

I saw this film many years ago and initially was disappointed that it didn't follow the novel closer. Upon seeing it again I can see the director's point of view and enjoyed it more. It is unfortunate that in science fiction films that special effects appear to override basic story telling, themes and plot lines. When used properly they can enhance the story greatly but cannot save a poor story.

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gingin1972
Aug 31, 2016

Waste of time and life! Almost 2 hour I can't get back

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Old_Toto
Sep 30, 2015

First viewed about 50 years ago in a movie theater, it was fun to re-view to see how it has held up over 5 decades. It has held up much better than Old_Toto! It would be interesting to see an update where social media (including books) is banned. North Korea?

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2013

The special effects were virtually nonexistent; clips of a French prototype monorail, jet-pack propelled 'firemen', a cheezy utilitarian firetruck... But this was 1966, and of no surprise. What was enjoyable to me was Bradbury's dystopian story -- almost Orwellian, in that "Big Brother is watching". The firemen had hints of Gestapo. I was constantly reminded of Hitchcock, even though this was science fiction, and thought perhaps it was the '60s flavor of the film. It wasn't until viewing the special features that I realized it was because of the contribution of Hitch's incredible composer, Bernard Herrmann, and his unmistakeable tension building string section. A good film for its time. Somebody should make an updated version, now that books are sadly becoming obsolete, having the firemen burning up the citizens' smartphones... And the 'book people' could be 'androids'...

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hgibbins
Jun 21, 2013

A classic movie of a very thought provoking book. Many times throughout history societies have tried to suppress freedom of thought, and since the dawn of printing the easiest way to do this is to burn books (or at the very least ban them).

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useyourwords
Jun 18, 2013

The movie starts off with a firetruck sequence that looks fake enough to be the trolley from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood with Playmobil men riding through a miniature forest. But apparently, this was the look Truffaut was going for: a world that is almost toylike. And I have to say, it reminded me of The Prisoner (which is a good thing).//

Of the DVD extras, watch the discussion with Ray Bradbury. I discovered that he is a storyteller savant; he's probably incapable of opening his mouth without weaving an entertaining tale.

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pinky0203
Apr 06, 2013

Sci-Fi classic. Easy to tell that this is a 1960s film....

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djfurlong1
Dec 04, 2014

Kraftwerk guy / Fred Schneider:
"Linda, you're right!
Linda, you're absolutely fantastic!"

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2013

The Captain: "...Listen to me Montag... Once to each fireman, at least once in his career... He just itches to know what these books are all about; he just aches to know -- isn't that so? Well take my word for it, Montag... There's nothing there! The books have nothing to say!" (violently topples over some bookshelves) "Look, these are all novels. ...All about people that never existed. The people that read them, it makes them unhappy with their own lives; makes them want to live in other ways, they can never, really be!"

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2013

The Captain: "Go on, Montag, all this... philosophy. Let's get rid of it. It's even worse than the novels. Thinkers, philosophers, all of them saying exactly the same thing: "Only I am right! The others are all...idiots." One sentence they'll tell you that man's destiny is predetermined... the next they'll say that he has freedom of choice! Its just a matter of fashion, that's all, philosophy; just like... Short dresses this year, long dresses, next year..."

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jandt_mcmurray
Aug 15, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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