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.
Flawed but utterly unforgettable
- Fahrenheit 451 review by hooeboy
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A beautifully filmed and directed movie. Although not 100% faithful to author Ray Bradbury's vision, director Francois Truffaut retained the paranoia and excitement of the novel. Critics who thought that genre science fiction was beneath contempt were non-plussed at the film's philosphical depth and visual impact. It is at times flawed in its narrative and even clunky by 21st century standards, yet it is an unforgettable and deeply moving masterpiece.