Fahrenheit 451 details
|Starring:||Anton Diffring, Cyril Cusack, Alex Scott, Julie Christie, Oskar Werner, Jeremy Spenser|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||1 hour 49 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Nov 2003|
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Burns in the memory.By AnotherNightIn from Merseyside , 07 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Classic if somewhat creaky vision of a 'future' dominated by an oppressive state, Big on TV, Bad on books.
Nice Bernard Herman score suggests what could have perhaps been a great film had Truffaut been able to firstly speak English and then contain his intense off-screen dislike of his leading man (last minute casting decision).
The premise is of course fanciful but there is just enough weirdness in the visuals (especially the dream sequence) to stop it all slipping into bad Doctor Who territory.
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PowerfulBy Gutterboy (388 reviews) from Sheffield , 20 Nov 2006A powerful notion and even more true today in the world of reality TV and the dumbing down of popular culture. The book is better and Equilibrium is effectively a remake but a good kind of one (i.e. only the themes remain). It is a bit dated (it's supposed to be futuristic but now looks of its age. Worth checking out.
Surreal 1960's parallel universeBy a customer from Nottingham , 05 Oct 2006Excellent and surreal trip back to an alternate 60's without written literature. This film has nothing in common with today's sci-fi fare of special effects, aliens and gore. Bleak, atmospheric and disturbingly prescient regarding todays obsession with reality tv shows (and wall mounted flat widescreen tv's)
Interesting.By Info Rhino from Camelon, Scotland , 31 Mar 2006I must be stupid as I wasn't expecting this film to be old. In short, it's certainly an influence for the film Equilibrium but despite the fact that it is older and the effects and technology are dated, the whole effect makes for an interesting and thought provoking film.
While the script doesn't really provide any surprises (fairly predictable) and some of the acting is less than believable, I would recommend this to anyone who is remotely interested in the possible shape of things to come.
worth watchingBy thebexter (53 reviews) from Oxted , 10 Nov 2005i have read the book so knew what i was watching, it is a bit grim but does have a good ending, worth watching.
UnderratedBy Christopher Bright from London , 20 Oct 2005Much better than its reputation and also worth watching because it's Truffaut's only film in English.
A lot of people mistake the stylisation of this movie for woodenness. In fact the stilted 'toytown' quality of much of the dialogue is intentional - to reflect the paucity of a culture where difficult or negative emotions are suppressed and people are encouraged to be superficial.
Casts a real spell if you are open to it.