Fahrenheit 451Director: François Truffaut, Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack
One of famed director François Truffaut's neglected masterpieces, Fahrenheit 451 receives a fair DVD release from Universal. A stark, cold work that slowly builds in emotional power as its numbed hero comes to life, Fahrenheit 451 is even more relevant in our "post-literate" age than it was upon its initial release. The movie, which was beautifully shot by Nicolas Roeg, is presented in its widescreen theatrical aspect ratio, but not in the superior anamorphic format. The images seem a little compressed and the stylistically muted color palette appears to be further faded. The print itself is in excellent shape and there aren't any signs of scratches or other flaws. Bernard Herrman's typically note-perfect score is a standout of the Dolby Digital Mono audio transfer. Regardless of the absence of any extras, this DVD is still preferable to previous video versions of the film.
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- Original Release:
- Image Entertainment
- Region Code:
- [Wide Screen]
Cast & Crew
|Jeremy Spencer||Man with the Apple|
|Bee Duffell||Book Woman|
|Gillian Lewis||TV Announcer|
|Gillian Aldam||Judoka Woman|
|Michael Balfour||Machiavelli's The Prince|
|Yvonne Blake||Jewish Question|
|Arthur Cox||First Male Nurse|
|Noel Davis||TV Announcer|
|Judith Drynan||Plato's Republic|
|Kevin Elder||Second Small Boy|
|Joan Francis||Bar Telephonist|
|Denis Gilmore||Martian Chronicles|
|David Glover||Pickwick Papers|
|Edward Kaye||Judoka Man|
|Mark Lester||First Small Boy|
|Eric Mason||Second Male Nurse|
|Donald Pickering||TV announcer|
|John Rae||Weir of Hermiston|
|Alex Scott||Henry Brulard|
|Tom Watson||Sgt. Instructor|
|Earl Younger||Nephew of "The Weir of Hermiston"|
|Lewis M. Allen||Producer|
|Sidney Cain||Art Director|
|Syd Cain||Production Designer|
|Bowie Films||Special Effects|
|Bernard Herrmann||Score Composer|
|Harry Horner||Production Designer|
|Charles Staffell||Special Effects|
|Tony Walton||Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer|
|Ray Bradbury||Source Author|
3. One of the Family.
4. Up for Promotion.
5. The Overdose.
6. "David Copperfield."
8. Back to the School.
9. Montag's Passion.
10. House of Flames.
11. A Captive Audience.
13. A List of Addresses.
14. The Last Call.
15. The Fugitive.
16. The Book People.
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This was a great movie!! I will admit I was a little skeptical at the beginning of the movie, but it got really interesting for me after Montag's wife discovered the books. I would recommend this movie to everybody!! (P.S., It would also help if you read the book too!!)
I remember seeing this film about 30 years ago as an adolescent and it felt quite futuristc. Upon recent viewing (three times in one weekend) i have a completely different reading of it. It has a haunting sort of schizophrenia about it. Between future and past, stylization and sentimentality. To me it is an exploration of what alfred hitchcock called ''pure cinema.'' although it may not be quite as successful in this regard as some of his works, it borrows the idea of piictures and images (including a dream sequence similar to hitcock's vertigo dream) conveying messages far beyond words. This is yet another thematic contradiction in a movie that portrays books and the written word as a major character in the film. Books are shown in endless variation curling up and looking almost human as the burn. The dialogue seems purposely taut and reserved perhaps to reinforce the ''empty headedness'' of everyone except julie christy's (in a dual role) literate alter ego from montag's wife. One sequence involving studio bound jet packers in a chase of the fugitiive montag is regrettable but the famous final sequence where people recite books from memory as they traverse the idyllic snowy woods transforms this film into a hopeful poem for humanity.
This book was really good. If you want to know waht the people in the older centuries thought, this book would tell you. I loved it and wouklt totallt\y recommend it.
Ray Bradbury is a fantastic writer and i really enjoyed his book, but I have to say I didn't want to finish this movie because it was a horrid representation of the novel. I understand that it is not a recent film, but the acting, the adaptation...and the visual effects! oh, so bad, don't waste your money on this movie