Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

DVD - 2018
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In a terrifying care-free future, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young woman, and begins to rebel against society.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] :, Home Box Office, Inc.,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD TV FAH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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P58Jackson
Apr 21, 2020

I'm not certain what the point of making this was. Admittedly, the original is pretty old, and as I recall a bit awkward.

There must be a way to make this story into a good movie, though I'm not certain it lends well to the medium.

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scribby
Dec 02, 2019

A new adaptation of the classic dystopian novel, with updated technology. Contains references to the older movie as well as the book. The new ending didn’t add a lot to the story, but the world-building is impressive.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Aug 24, 2019

I don't know what possessed me to watch this garbage movie until the bitter end

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booksmile
Apr 25, 2019

I thought it got the essence of the book's messages and the updated tech and social media additions all made a lot of sense.

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misatim
Mar 22, 2019

Och! It was a very poor attempt to update a classic. This story has nothing to do with the book or the original film. It is sad to see such great actors given such a poor script. Special effect are good, costumes are good, the sets were not well chosen and I think they used every University classroom across the country as the fire hall. Directing was ok but lacking if compared to the original. However none of that matters cause the script stinks.

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SyrusM
Mar 14, 2019

Even with new technology the 1966 François Truffaut‘s film is a better adaptation and displays a better dystopian atmosphere.
Miss the golden days of Hollywood.
Unfortunately they turned the ART of film making into making BOX OFFICE.

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amanoletters99
Mar 01, 2019

As dated as the 1966 adaptation was, I have to agree with many of the other comments posted. This updated version is so updated that it misses the essence of Ray Bradbury's story, or it is buried in so much "modern" style that it negates any thought on the subject. A major disappointment.

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LaNomada01
Dec 20, 2018

You know what's worse than being a bad movie? Being a movie with a ridiculous amount of potential and then just wasting it. The actors in this movie (Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon) are fantastic. They know how to act, we've seen them act well in other movies and they try their best with what they're given. Even parts that they changed to modernize Fahrenheit 451 are intriguing - the idea of social media being blown up -- those are problems that are not to far off. But all of the little great things, get lost in the mess of the plot and the way this movie ended up being edited.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2018

Unlike Margaret Atwood's 1985 "Handmaid's Tale" which was farfetched then and now, the Ray Bradbury's 1953 dystopian novel rings plausible to present day. This updated adaptation of the story and the 1966 film version is an overdue reminder on the danger of losing our freedom of expression if unchecked. Better yet, read the book. Michael Shannon turned in a tour de force as the fire department captain.

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Ron@Ottawa
Nov 24, 2018

For people (most likely young people) who have not seen the original 1966 film this remake may offer a very unique plot line. For me, this remake is a failure in many ways. A poorly written script, poor character development and wooden acting are all contributing factors. Totally passable for me.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2018

Do you want to know what's inside all these books? Insanity. The Eels want to measure their place in the universe, so they turn to these novels about non-existent people. Or worse, philosophers. Look, here's Spinoza. One expert screaming down another expert's throat. "We have free will." "No, all of our actions are predetermined." Each one says the opposite, and a man comes away lost, feeling more... bestial and lonely than before. Now, if you don't want a person unhappy, you don't give them two sides of a question to worry about.
- Just give 'em one.
Better yet, none.
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Can you tell us anything about what's inside?
-Nothing that can't burn at 451 degrees.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2018

Why we do burn?
- For happiness, ain't that right, fellas?
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I'm not fire... I'm fire +100. I'm molten lava on graffiti. They call me a walking incinerator for happiness. Damn, it's a pleasure to burn!
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Have you ever thought, even for one second, why you do what you do?
You should try reading before burning.
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How can we see anything but the fire shadows in the cave... if we're never allowed to move our heads?
-What does that mean?
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If you can read, you can talk.
-Play the man, Master Ridley. We shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, as I trust shall never be put out.
(From Hugh Latimer)
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Kafka. A pornographer and a sexual pervert. I like that about him.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2018

Before bots and the rise of automated writing, we had jobs for journalists...
She'd spend weeks, sometimes months, investigating a story, and then she'd publish a series of articl... dreds, even thousands of words long on physical paper and the Internet, or the 9, today, which everyone was free to read. But nobody was reading anymore, or they were just glancing at the headlines generated by an algorithm... Thousands of words?
-Ugh. In your pathetic time, were people happy?
No. There were so many millions of opinions that our country slid into the Second Civil War. Eight million dead, including my father.
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Your father must have been old enough to remember a time when firemen put fires out instead of starting them.
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Benjamin Franklin, the founder of our first fire department, gave us the right to burn.
-Those are lies. Ben Franklin did not do that.
After the last of your generation dies, so will your words... your memories...
and the burden of your fake past.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2018

What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.
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A revolution is not a dinner party.
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Books are here to remind us what fools we can be.
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Do your duty. Stay vivid on the 9 and report all suspicious activity.
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Consequences of silence will be severe! Help yourselves and your neighbors by telling us what you know! Not tomorrow, not the next day, but now!
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Is it possible to be perfectly candid with oneself and not be afraid... of the whole truth?
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All of humanity's chaotic knowledge will burst forth like mosquitoes spreading malaria... and the dark countries will take over. Even the greatest army of Firemen will seem like spitting babies before the Omnis. And everything our parents, our grandparents, sacrificed in the Second
Civil War will be lost.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2018

No wonder you've been so eloquent lately. But you're still the same dog I raised, just barking at someone else's command.
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You wanted to fly near the sun. You burn your damn wings off and you wonder why.
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Did you think that one tiny crime... would be wiped out by thousands of good deeds? That there would be no punishment? A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. You read a few lines, and you're ready to blow up the world, chop heads off, destroy authority.
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"To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word... is what people fear the most."
All those silly words, those false promises, the timeworn philosophies. It's like chain-smoking, chapter by chapter.
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So, as long as you distract your mind from its dreams, it will not know them
for what they are. You will always be taken in by the appearance of things,
because you will not have grasped their true nature.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2018

Befitting ending quote from Whitman's poem "Song of Myself" with reference to his understanding of death:

"I bequeath myself to the dirt
to grow from the grass I love.
If you want me again,
look for me under your boot soles.
You will hardly know who I am
or what I mean,
but I shall be good help
to you nevertheless,
and filter and fiber your blood.
Failing to fetch me at first,
keep encouraged.
Missing me one place,
search another.
I stop somewhere,
waiting for you."
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Ah. See? "Huck Finn"... and his "nigger" friend. The whites knew that you blacks were offended, so what did we do? We burned it. Oh. And then "Native Son" came along, and the whites didn't appreciate that one all that much, so they burned it, too.
-Why didn't they like it?
Henry Miller, Hemingway. The feminists don't approve, so into the flames they go. You see, we are not born equal, Guy, so we must be made equal by the fire, and then... we can be happy. So, we burn.

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