Fahrenheit 451

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Released 1966

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Director:
Francois Truffaut
Released:
1966
Rating:
R
Fahrenheit 451 is a futuristic film directed by François Truffaut and based off of the novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury. It takes place in a future world where critical thinking and intelligence are seen in a negative light by the government. Although people are allowed to be mostly lawless, killing at will and following few rules, they are not allowed to read things that will teach them to think for themselves. Firemen are hired to seek out illegal books, which range from religious texts to historical works to famous literary pieces, and burn them for the good of society. One such fireman, Guy Montag (Oskar Werner), begins to doubt his work after meeting his carefree neighbor Clarisse (Julie Christie) and seeing how attached some people are to their books during the book burning raids. Guy begins stealing books before burning them, so he can see what the big deal is. Will Guy's search for the meaning in literature bring him closer to understanding his world, or will his government be able to cut him off before he reaches this understanding? Fahrenheit 451 was released in 1966 and it is Truffaut's only English language film, and his first film in color. Julie Christie was nominated for a BAFTA Award for her role of Clarisse and also of Guy Montag's wife, Linda Montag.moreless
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