Fahrenheit 451

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One of famed director Fran?ois 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 ...
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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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François Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 brings Ray Bradbury's big-brother world into crisp focus, employing a thought-provoking production design full of muted technicolor and almost entirely devoid of written language -- even the opening credits are spoken. The quashing of intellectualism in the interest of lulling the masses into contented enslavement makes wonderfully portentous subject matter for Truffaut's confident first strides into English filmmaking. The coiled fire-breathing dragon that serves as the fire department's icon comments both on the routine dominance of the ruling regime and its blindness toward its own oppressiveness; no self-aware, PR-conscious thought police would represent itself through such monstrous imagery. All of the images in Truffaut's film take on this chilling deadness, with glimpses of the lovingly worn contraband books providing the only link to a lost era of deep thinking and human sensitivity. The dual role played by Julie Christie is a fascinating way to handle Oskar Werner's struggle between his patterned duties and his yearning for a new life; his past and future are slightly altered versions of each other, similar on the surface yet radically different in subtextual meaning. Provocatively, Truffaut's film even doubles as a self-critical screed against the cinema, so empty and insipid are the moving images the citizens are permitted to consume, and so fondly substantial are the volumes they are systematically denied. If any film can seduce its viewers into picking up Jean-Paul Sartre, this one can.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/1998
  • UPC: 014381423129
  • Original Release: 1966
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oskar Werner Montag
Julie Christie Linda/Clarisse
Cyril Cusack Captain
Anton Diffring Fabian
Jeremy Spencer Man with the Apple
Bee Duffell Book Woman
Gillian Lewis TV Announcer
Caroline Hunt Helen
Anna Palk Jackie
Roma Milne Neighbor
Gillian Aldam Judoka Woman
Michael Balfour Machiavelli's The Prince
Ann Bell Doris
Yvonne Blake Jewish Question
Frank Cox Prejudice
Arthur Cox First Male Nurse
Fred Cox Pride
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
Hermiston
Edward Kaye Judoka Man
Mark Lester First Small Boy
Eric Mason Second Male Nurse
Michael Mundell Stoneman
Donald Pickering TV announcer
John Rae Weir of Hermiston
Alex Scott Henry Brulard
Tom Watson Sgt. Instructor
Chris Williams Black
Earl Younger Nephew of "The Weir of Hermiston"
Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director, Screenwriter
Lewis M. Allen Producer
Sidney Cain Art Director
Syd Cain Production Designer
Bowie Films Special Effects
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Harry Horner Production Designer
Thom Noble Editor
Jean-Louis Richard Screenwriter
Nicolas Roeg Cinematographer
David Rudkin Screenwriter
Helen Scott Screenwriter
Charles Staffell Special Effects
Tony Walton Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Ray Bradbury Source Author
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Scene Index

1. Main Title; The Burning.
2. Neighbors.
3. One of the Family.
4. Up for Promotion.
5. The Overdose.
6. "David Copperfield."
7. Dismissed.
8. Back to the School.
9. Montag's Passion.
10. House of Flames.
11. A Captive Audience.
12. Nightmare.
13. A List of Addresses.
14. The Last Call.
15. The Fugitive.
16. The Book People.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest movies I have seen!!!

    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!!)

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    read the book

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FUTURISTIC NOSTALGIA

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2003

    Different change of pace

    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.

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