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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Oskar Werner
Julie Christie
Cyril Cusack
Directors
Francois Truffaut
Screenwriters
Ray Bradbury
Jean-Louis Richard
David Rudkin
Francois Truffaut
Running Time
112 minutes

EMPIRE ESSAY: Fahrenheit 451
Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name.


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Plot
Guy Montag is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any on sight. The people, including Montag's wife, are drugged into compliancy and get their information from wall-length television screens. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse, he begins to read confiscated books.


Verdict
From time to time, Mel Gibson makes noises about re-adapting the Bradbury book — he would do well to reflect that, for all its problems, Truffaut's film is probably the best that could be found in the material and, in its best moments, one of the cinema's finest dystopian visions.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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