Truffaut's only film in English is an adaptation of Ray Bradbury's science fiction novel about a future in which books are banned and their possession is a high crime. Werner plays a dutiful fireman whose job it is to burn books until one day the seeds of doubt are planted in his head. The movie is filmed in a rather low-key, dispassionate manner; the score is by Bernard Herrmann.
Truffaut’s first and perhaps most affecting feature, The 400 Blows, tells the story of a young boy and his petty crimes and mischief. The freeze frame that concludes the movie is one of the most quoted images in the history of cinema.