Release year: 1966
Director: Francois Truffaut
Screenwriter: Francois Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, David Rudkin, Helen Scott, Ray Bradbury (novel)
Starring: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Spenser, Bee Duffell, Alex Scott
In the future books are considered dangerous due to their ability to enhance independent thoughts and firemen, in opose to putting out fires, are making fires by burning books. When fireman Guy Montag (Oskar Werner) one day talks to Clarisse (Julie Christie) he starts doubting his work.
Based on the famous novel by Ray Bradbury but though it manage to show the social criticism of the novel it fails when it comes to the heroism and hope. The feud between the director and his male lead is well known and may be what leaves it feeling dull and flat, but it mostly suffers from Werner’s (The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, 1965) decision to go against Truffaut’s direction and play Montag as arrogant and cold, making him a character difficult to care or feel sympathy for. Christie (Doctor Zhivago, 1965) fails to impress even though she gets plenty of chance by, for some strange reason, playing dual characters and it doesn’t help that the science fiction elements of the story is absent except for an overused monorail and a firetruck that looks like huge toy car or that the dialogue comes of as stiff. Watch it for the nostalgia of it and the poetic ending, but it is reccomendable to just read the novel instead.
NB! The trailer contains several spoilers!
The monorail featured in the film had been built in France in 1959 by the SAFEGE consortium as a test track. It was dismantled shortly after filming.
Picture copyrights: UIP