The male lead is my favorite French actor anyway for that day so he could do no wrong. The music score is fantastic. The ending is the most beautiful and somber messages I had ever seen and it made me cry, but it also made me memorize an entire book just for the heck of it, so that for a while there I was 12 years old at the time- I would walk around and say, I am… the name of my memorized book. I particularly remember the part of burning the house down with the books inside and the lady refusing to give it all up…my mother was a librarian so I can't imagine.
This is a must see for anyone who loves books. This is a brilliant adaption, with Truffaut touches, of the book. Acting is superb with Julie Christie doing two roles and the rest of the entire cast doing a fantastic job. Certificate: K Romance Drama. Edit Storyline Based on the Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Taglines: Aflame with the excitement and emotions of tomorrow! Edit Did You Know? Trivia Terence Stamp was originally cast as Montag, but dropped out because he was uneasy at co-starring with Julie Christie , his former lover, and because he felt that Christie's appearing in dual roles would overshadow him.
Truffaut came to regret his choice. He became dismayed by Werner's interpretation of the character, and the two frequently clashed. Goofs When the books are being burned in the beginning of the movie, some books that are on the ground suddenly appear in the fire pit even though nobody moved them. Oskar Werner, Julie Christie Crazy Credits The beginning credits are spoken instead of written on the screen.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report this. Add the first question. Edit Details Country: UK. Language: English. Romance mins Director: David Lean. Comedy 98 mins Silent Director: John Schlesinger. Tom Courtenay is the clerk whose overactive fantasies compensate for a dull provincial life, in this classic film from the British New Wave.
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Montag goes on a rant about Mildred's suicide attempt, Clarisse's disappearance and death, the old woman who burned herself, and the imminent threat of war that goes ignored by the masses. He suggests that perhaps the books of the past have messages that can save society from its own destruction. The conversation is interrupted by a call from Mildred's friend, Mrs.
Bowles, and they set up a date to watch the "parlor walls" that night at Mildred's house. Montag concedes that Mildred is a lost cause and he will need help to understand the books. He remembers an old man named Faber, an English professor before books were banned, whom he once met in a park. Montag makes a subway trip to Faber's home along with a rare copy of the Bible , the book he stole at the woman's house. Once there, Montag forces the scared and reluctant Faber into helping him by methodically ripping pages from the Bible.
Faber concedes and gives Montag a homemade ear-piece communicator so he can offer constant guidance. At home, Mildred's friends, Mrs. Bowles and Mrs. Phelps, arrive to watch the "parlor walls". Not interested in this insipid entertainment, Montag turns off the walls and tries to engage the women in meaningful conversation, only for them to reveal just how indifferent, ignorant, and callous they truly are.
Enraged by their idiocy, Montag leaves momentarily and returns with a book of poetry. This confuses the women and alarms Faber, who is listening remotely.
Mildred tries to dismiss Montag's actions as a tradition firemen act out once a year: they find an old book and read it as a way to make fun of how silly the past is. Montag proceeds to recite the poem Dover Beach , causing Mrs. Phelps to cry. At the behest of Faber in the ear-piece, Montag burns the book. Mildred's friends leave in disgust, while Mildred locks herself in the bathroom and attempts to kill herself again by overdosing on sleeping pills.
Montag hides his books in the backyard before returning to the firehouse late at night, where he finds Beatty playing cards with the other firemen. Montag hands Beatty a book to cover for the one he believes Beatty knows he stole the night before, which is unceremoniously tossed into the trash. Beatty tells Montag that he had a dream in which they fought endlessly by quoting books to each other. Thus Beatty reveals that, despite his disillusionment, he was once an enthusiastic reader. A fire alarm sounds, and Beatty picks up the address from the dispatcher system.
They drive recklessly in the fire truck to the destination: Montag's house. Beatty orders Montag to destroy his own house with a flamethrower , rather than the more powerful "salamander" that is usually used by the fire team, and tells him that his wife and her friends reported him after what happened the other night.
Montag watches as Mildred walks out of the house, too traumatized about losing her parlor wall family to even acknowledge her husband's existence or the situation going on around her, and catches a taxi. Montag obeys the chief, destroying the home piece by piece, but Beatty discovers Montag's earpiece and plans to hunt down Faber. Montag threatens Beatty with the flamethrower and, after Beatty taunts him, Montag burns Beatty alive and knocks his co-workers unconscious.
As Montag escapes the scene, the Mechanical Hound attacks him, managing to inject his leg with a tranquilizer. He destroys the Hound with the flamethrower and limps away. Before he escapes, however, he realizes that Beatty had wanted to die a long time ago and had purposely goaded Montag as well as provided him with a weapon.
Montag runs through the city streets towards Faber's house. On his way, he crosses a wide road as a speeding car attempts to run him over, but he manages to evade the vehicle, and realizes he almost suffered the same fate as Clarisse. Faber urges him to make his way to the countryside and contact the exiled book-lovers who live there. He mentions he will be leaving on an early bus heading to St.
Louis and that he and Montag can rendezvous there later. On Faber's television, they watch news reports of another Mechanical Hound being released to track down and kill Montag, with news helicopters following it to create a public spectacle.
After wiping his scent from around the house in hopes of thwarting the Hound, Montag leaves Faber's house. He escapes the manhunt by wading into a river and floating downstream. Montag leaves the river in the countryside, where he meets the exiled drifters, led by a man named Granger. The drifters are all former intellectuals. They have each memorized books should the day arrive that society comes to an end and is forced to rebuild itself anew, with the survivors learning to embrace the literature of the past.
Granger asks Montag what he has to contribute to the group and Montag finds that he had partially memorized the Book of Ecclesiastes , discovering that the group has a special way of unlocking photographic memory. While learning the philosophy of the exiles, Montag and the group watch helplessly as bombers fly overhead and annihilate the city with nuclear weapons: the imminent war has begun and ended in the same night. While Faber would have left on the early bus, everyone else including Mildred is immediately killed.
Montag and the group are injured and dirtied, but manage to survive the shockwave. The following morning, Granger teaches Montag and the others about the legendary phoenix and its endless cycle of long life, death in flames, and rebirth.