A rather cartoonish interpretation which thankfully eschews the heavier pitfalls of pro-free thought and intellectualism but spends too much of its time in distracted - often distracting - gimmickry and experimentation of material form. It fitfully works and has some effective sequences and modes, but whether Truffaut was simpatico with the story remains unclear.
(...) Truffaut führt uns in eine Art Kommune in den Wald, in dem die Büchermenschen leben und die grossen Klassiker auswendig lernen. Man würde sie eben mündlich weitergeben. Die Beschäftigung wirkt allerdings sinnlos, da jeder in dieser Kommune nur liest und auswendig lernt. Gespräche über das Gelesene finden nicht statt (...) Dazu gibts unsere Film List SciFi Arthaus auf cinegeek.de
Tendente alle quattro stelle. Purtroppo non ce la faccio a non fare il confronto col romanzo; ma è inutile stare qui a dire quanto Truffaut abbia reso la storia con straordinaria poesia e personalità; cambiando qualcosa qua e là, ma niente che stravolga lo spirito di Bradbury. Non tra i suoi lavori migliori, ma è comunque un film da stra-vedere.
It's not awful but it was just really uninvolving. My biggest problem is that Truffaut's love for Hitchcock, specifically Vertigo, is all over this film, to the point of making me want to watch that instead. From the theme of memory, the similar music by Bernard Hermann, the casting of an actress in two roles, the dream sequence, all these things remind me too much of Hitchcock's masterpiece. It lacks an identity.
5 Stars may be a tad generous, but the concept is so fascinating I can't help but cave into my fetish for dystopias & give it full marks. The film itself could be more unsettling and oppressive in the world it creates. Dystopian it may be, but its hardly the grim oddness of Clockwork Orange or 1984. Regardless, the book burning tale is prescient & compelling story that thrives through Werner's leading performance.