“This is how you adapt a literary classic to the big screen”
“With a serious and even terrifying theme, this excursion into science fiction has been thoughtfully directed by Francois Truffaut and there is adequate evidence of light touches to bring welcome and needed relief to a sombre and scarifying subject”
François Truffaut, US 1966, 112mins, certificate 12
Where: Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ
When: Thursday 7th August 2014, 6pm (doors) 6:45pm (film starts)
Tickets: FREE via The Space Merchants (booking required)
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The classic science fiction novel by Ray Bradbury was a curious choice for one of the leading directors of the French New Wave, François Truffaut. But from the opening credits onward (spoken, not written on screen), Truffaut takes Bradbury’s fascinating premise and makes it his own. The futuristic society depicted in Fahrenheit 451 is a culture without books. Firemen still race around in red trucks and wear helmets, but their job is to start fires: they ferret out forbidden stashes of books, douse them with petrol and make public bonfires. Oskar Werner, the star of Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, plays a fireman named Montag, whose exposure to David Copperfield wakens an instinct towards reading and individual thought. In an intriguing casting flourish, Julie Christie plays two roles: Montag’s bored, drugged-up wife and the woman who helps kindle the spark of rebellion. The great Bernard Herrmann wrote the hard-driving music; Nicolas Roeg provided the cinematography.