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3,191 Ratings

Fahrenheit 451

Directed by François Truffaut
United Kingdom, 1966
Sci-Fi, Drama


In a dystopian future where the government has outlawed all books, it is a fireman’s job to make sure they are all burned. When one firefighter meets a young book-lover, he begins to question his actions.

Fahrenheit 451 Directed by François Truffaut
With the help of Bernard Herrmann’s score and Nicolas Roeg’s cinematography, Truffaut turns the schematic source material into a profoundly suggestive poem in which the written word itself becomes a character, as a boy in a rural shelter recites a haunting passage from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Weir of Hermiston while the snow begins to fall.
July 03, 2017
Fahrenheit 451" is a drastic change in direction (pun intended), and a worthy one. It’s Truffaut’s first color film, and he revels in the new creative dimension that color opens for him. As a futuristic science-fiction film, the project opens the door to abstractions—visual as well as intellectual—that had been remote from Truffaut’s earlier films. Critics and viewers didn’t forgive him for surprising them; the film remains audaciously surprising even now.
January 27, 2015
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Marvellously simple and specific, like all the best things in Fahrenheit 451, this ending is a heroic enlargement of the film’s range. It is as though Truffaut has drawn on everything he knows about cinema to express unshakable loyalty to the written word.
December 01, 1966
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