Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Guy Montag is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. People in this society including Montag’s wife are drugged into compliancy and get their information from wall-length television screens. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse, he begins to read confiscated books. It is through this relationship that he begins to question the government’s motives behind book-burning. Montag is soon found out, and he must decide whether to return to his job or run away knowing full well the consequences that he could face if captured. —IMDb
The product of an unhappy, loveless home, Truffaut began using films to escape the exigencies of reality at age seven, virtually living in various Parisian movie houses. He left school to go to work at 14, and, one year later, founded a film club, which brought him to the attention of influential cinema critic Andre Bazin. Over the next few years, Bazin both financed and protected Truffaut. In 1953, Bazin hired Truffaut as a critic/essayist for Cahiers du Cinema. It was in the January 1954 edition that Truffaut published his landmark essay “A Certain Tendency in the French Cinema,” in which he attacked directors who merely ground out films without any personal cinematic vision; he also propounded the auteur theory, which opined that the only directors worth serious consideration were those who left their own individual signatures on each of their films. Truffaut noted that writing critiques enabled him to understand why he loved films and to rationalize his reasons for liking them… read more
What was once a dystopian page-turner becomes a "slow burn" despite the spot-on acting, Nicholas Roeg's photography, and Bernard Herrmann's score. Some of it works but some of it doesn't but in the end this is a slightly near-miss for Traffaut whose personal touch was hard to find in his English-language debut.
“The drive went into the filmmaking, in an effort to render an image of that fleeting apparition known as human experience.”
I find this a fascinating idea for a film. But I certainly wouldn’t want to live under such a controlling government that didn’t want me to think for myself.
I know Truffaut was a fan of Hitchcock… read review
Sabemos que el sueño de todo cahierista que se precie de tal, es conseguir su obra “hitchcockeana” por excelencia. Chabrol fue el que tuvo las mejores cartas de la jugada. A Godard siempre le intereso… read review