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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 46 “Fahrenheit 451”

Posted on Jun 1, 2018 by | 0 comments

Robert, Nat, and Cody take a trip this episode into the dystopian future of Ray Bradbury’s FAHRENHEIT 451. FAHRENHEIT 451 is based on the 1953 novel by Ray Bradbury which depicts a future where firemen burn books and suppress thought. French New Wave director took the first crack at filming the acclaimed novel in 1966 for Universal Pictures as an international production. No one will say that Truffaut’s FAHRENHEIT 451 is a masterpiece, but it has provoked thought and discussion.

Fahrenheit 451 Firemen

Shot by Nicolas Roeg and with a score by Bernard Herrmann there’s a first rate supporting crew to Truffaut’s film. There’s also an idiosyncratic production design. On a visual and aural level, FAHRENHEIT 451 has a distinct identity.

Fahrenheit 451 asbestos suit

It’s on the more human level that the film falters. Truffaut was working with a multilingual cast in Britain, writing in English instead of his native language, and had an international cast from various traditions and had to make them all work together. Truffaut’s struggles are evident on screen, most noticeably in Julie Christie’s double roles.

Still, FAHRENHEIT 451 provides fertile grounds for discussion, as we demonstrate in the episode. The film pits books against television and we discuss where it went wrong in that regard. But, we have a long conversation about Bradbury’s themes, how the book adapts them, and it’s dystopian vision. And, for fun, we discuss what books we’d be willing to burn or save.

Fahrenheit 451 book burning

So if you have time to burn, You can give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Next month, we continue in a literary theme with George Roy Hill’s 1972 adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE. We’ll see if anyone becomes unstuck in time preparing this podcast. We hope you’ll join us.


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