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Better Than The Book!,
This review is from: Fahrenheit 451 [DVD]  (DVD)
Rarely do film adaptations exceed the quality of the book but this by Francois Truffaut does ! The reasons are many fold. The casting is excellent. Some might consider Oscar Werner a little wooden but he underplays Montag in a slightly 'child like' way, which emphasises his growing awareness and affinity for books. Julie Christie has the uneviable task of playing both the main female characters including Montag's air head/drugged up/reality tv obsessed wife. Montag's burning of the marital bed is deeply symbolic after his wife betrays him to the authorities. He chooses his love of books over everything in this dystopian vision of the future, akin to the world of 1984. Clever use of literary greats including Dickens and spoken opening titles elevate this film above many films of this period. So too does the original score by the great Bernard Hermann, who composed the music while going through divorce. There are some very moving pieces of music throughout and the final snowy, woodland scenes with the 'book people' all wandering around reciting their memorised books is a great ending to a great film ! Unlike 1984 there is the final upbeat message that 'freedom' (in this case to read) survives ! A must see.