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Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Oskar Werner , Julie Christie , Francois Truffaut  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Spenser
  • Directors: Francois Truffaut
  • Writers: Francois Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard
  • Producers: Lewis M. Allen
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087F6L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fahrenheit 451" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Julie Christy
  • The Novel: A Discussion with Author Ray Bradbury
  • The Making of Fahrenheit 451
  • The Music of Fahrenheit 451
  • Original Title Sequence of Feature
  • Photo Poster Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Recommendations

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    Ray Bradbury’s best-selling science fiction masterpiece about a future without books takes on a chillingly realistic dimension in this film classic directed by one of the most important screen innovators of all time, the late Francois Truffaut. Julie Christie stars in the challenging dual role of Oskar Werner’s pleasure-seeking conformist wife, Linda, and his rebellious, book-collecting mistress, Clarisse. Montag (Oskar Werner), a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom. Truffaut’s first English language production is an eerie fable where mankind becomes the ultimate evil.

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    123 of 132 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars How to Burn Down Your Life February 21, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    Truffaut's film and the novel from which it is adapted have both been misunderstood for too long. To start with, you have to understand that Bradbury's novels, plays, and story are almost always allegorical - so you have to look for meanings on more than one level. Truffaut's film of Fahrenheit 451 captures all of the allegorical levels of the novel. To explain: One of the many reasons human beings read and write books is because we have a deep need to know if our inner experiences are shared by others - this need can only be answered within the context of an intimate relationship, either with another human being or with a book, which allows us to reveal or to be revealed as we are. The more the State controls the use of language, the more we are controlled. In Bradbury's novel the State effectively limits intimacy by forbidding books; and since the only reference to reality is dictated by the State, what can Montag or his wife know of love? How intimate can their relationship be? Fahrenheit 451 is a story about a man who has conformed completely to external reality; or has he? Can anyone really sell their soul to the State? Truffaut's film beautifully articulates the story, atmosphere, and themes of Bradbury's novel, as Montag unconsciously - as if sleepwalking - begins to stack the kindling, dry wood, and fuel of his dehumanized existence for the moment when his creative energy can no longer be contained and his life bursts into flames. Notice, also, how Bernard Herrman's score evokes these images of somnambulism, fire building, and spontaneous combustion. The rest, of course, is a story of rebirth, of the phoenix rising from the ashes - the victory of creative passion over State control. Read more ›
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    66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars BURN, BABY, BURN... January 16, 2005
    Format:VHS Tape
    Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper will burn. It is the basis for the premise of this film, which is based upon the Ray Bradbury's classic sci-fi novel of the same name. The film takes the viewer to a stark future in which firemen start fires rather than put them out. Their main mission appears to be to root out books, wherever they may be found, and burn them. Those who harbor books in their home are breaking the law and are subject to arrest by the state. The written word is simply forbidden.

    Oskar Werner plays the role of Guy Montag, a fireman who is married to a beautiful air-head named Linda, who spends her days popping pills, while glued to a wall screen TV. Played with appropriate bubble-brained inertia by the talented Julie Christie, this is just one of the dual roles she plays in this film. The other role is that of Clarisse, a would be school teacher and seeming misfit in that society, as she actually likes to talk about ideas, the very reason that books are forbidden. It seems that books are looked upon as giving people ideas, which is viewed by the state as a mechanism for making people unhappy with their lot.

    When Clarisse singles out Montag for conversation, he is intrigued by the fact that she is capable of independent thought. It is not long before he, too, like those whose books he has burned, is also, to his wife's dismay, hoarding books. She feels that Montag is simply sucking the fun out of her life. Clarisse and Montag form an alliance of sorts, as his world comes tumbling down. Betrayed by his conformist wife Linda, Montag joins the ranks of fugitive book lovers, hunted by the very firemen with whom he served.
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    57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    I first saw this film when it was released a few decades ago and loved it. I just watched it again last night and still loved it. As a HUGE book lover, I was absolutely mesmerized by this tale of a society that not only has censored all books, but also has firemen who hunt down culprits who harbor books and then burn them at 451 degrees, the heat needed to burn paper. It is French director Truffaut's only English language film, which does not hurt it in the least. This is an incredibly dull society of people who don't do much other than sit in front of tv-like screens watching approved programing put on by the state. Some of them also go to work on public transit although they do nothing that requires reading. There are no road signs, no newspapers, no menus, not a shred of visible written matter anywhere in this society. Children in schoolrooms do solely mass oral memorization. For written matter gives people ideas and this society decides it is better to live without ideas. Why one wants to live without ideas remains an unasked question in this culture. Oskar Werner plays the fireman who gets more and more intrigued by these books he's burning. Julie Christie plays two roles: a rebel who sides with the book harborers and Werner's wife, who is a couch potato living in front of the tv-screen most of the day. I was amazed to see that Werner's clothes and hair looked right up to the minute despite this film's being several decades old. You would think he was a young actor in 2001. The resolution of this film is absolutely wonderful and thus I won't say a word about it so as to spoil it for you.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, and spot on...
    When I was younger I just did not get this book nor the movie however now that I am older, and wiser I like to think, I not only get it but see how prophetic a work it is... Read more
    Published 6 days ago by JeepGuyFL
    4.0 out of 5 stars Relevant and stimulative for pondering today's world
    Okay, so the reason I bought this movie was because I wanted to see how close this sixties vision of the future came to capturing the world as we now know it. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Freddy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great film of the previous decades
    Julie Christie playing dual roles and Oskar Werner playing his fireman role in the future were just great! The future is now, as they say. Read more
    Published 27 days ago by Barbara Renton
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
    Common Core has the book listed as a pick for 9th graders. I was surprised to see that my students were able to pick out the literary elements and main idea or thought behind the... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Grace Lavaugh Alford
    3.0 out of 5 stars ok, Not great.
    I purchased this DVD to watch after my classroom students read the book and it doesn't follow the book as much as I thought it would. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Darlene madden
    5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic!
    Reay Bradbury's timless novel comes to life as we view the conflict that faces Montag on his job of being a fireman... that of the firemen in the future... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by LindaAnn Bolognese
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good underlying idea, but it could have been a 20 minute short film
    The underlying idea is a real gem, and there are a few good monologues which really make you think about what might motivate such a society, and the lies they might believe. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Tropylium
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic to Read or Watch
    I had not read the book or watched the movie for more than 40 years but found it even more enlightening after seeing the movie again. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by E. Rosen
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended for Children
    Yep, I am a mom, and I would not recommend this for children. There are two sexual scenes, one handled pretty well for adults, and the other a selfie and is a little awkward. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by A Mom
    2.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's funny, but not funny enough to be good.
    We needed this for a teaching activity after students read the novel, so I didn't buy it just for entertainment. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Sarah
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