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Fahrenheit 451

Not rated, 111 min. Directed by Fran├žois Truffaut. Starring Julie Christie, Oskar Werner, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., July 22, 1999

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.

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