During the 2012 ALA Annual Conference, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsored a well attended screening of Francois Truffaut’s film version of Fahrenheit 451. Starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie (as both the wife and the mysterious young neighbor), the film inspired significantly divided opinions, both at the time of release and at the ALA screening.
Did you attend the screening or have you otherwise seen the film? Do you give it a high rating? Does it stand the test of time? Does it live up to the book?
Share your thoughts here, and feel free to be specific about what you liked and what you didn’t.
Update: Here’s a great article about the film in the July 13 Chicago Tribune – “It Came from Ray Bradbury”
Despite a tepid reception when it was released, Schultz argues that it is, indeed, a very good film. “People just haven’t seen it. It’s one of the most neglected films.”
One of the key changes from the book is that many of the sci-fi elements were removed altogether. And yet, nearly 50 years later, a funny thing has happened. Though it wasn’t Truffaut’s intent, the film’s mod production design imparts a futuristic aesthetic when seen through 2012 eyes.