Tuesday, May 27, 2008

MOVIE: FAHRENHEIT 451



ABOUT:
Fahrenheit 451 is a 1966 film of a dystopian future, based on the novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury.

According to Bradbury the novel is not about speech, but is a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature. The central character, Guy Montag, is employed as a "fireman" (which, in this case, means "book burner"). 451 degrees Fahrenheit (about 233°C) is stated as "The temperature at which book-paper catches fire, and burns ...". It was directed by Fran├žois Truffaut, his only English-language film.



The film starred Oskar Werner as Montag and Julie Christie who was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role award for the dual roles of Linda (Mildred) Montag and Clarisse; having long red and short blonde hair respectively and being photographed through different coloured filters. Funding for the film became available when both Christie and Werner, both in popular films at the time, became interested in the project.


MY REVIEW: The filmmakers of Fahrenheit 451 must have taken acid and got all their ideas for this film from the acid because that's the only way they could have made this crap. It's a shame because you have a great idea from the book by Ray Bradbury and a great filmmaker making it, Truffaut.

Visually the film is really good, which I'm sure they also got from the acid, but it must have been the only thing they got from it that was good. The flow of the movie is terrible. Scenes make no sense and the way that Montag gets hooked on books happens just way to quick without any structure. I don't know why Christie plays two different characters. I guess it was because she was so popular at the time that they just said why not and had her play two roles so they could get the most out of her.


A couple of years ago I heard that Frank Darabont was making a remake and since then I have heard nothing of it. Maybe he decided not to do it but I hope he changes his mind. This is a great idea for a movie that wasn't pulled off to great here.



MY CHEESY RATING: Fahrenheit 451 burns itself and gets a 3 out of 10.


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