Mónica L.C. will be taking a closer look at adaptations and how they hold up next to the original. Are they true to the book, should they even be? Up next Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradbury in 1953. The film based on the novel was released in 1966 and directed by François Truffaut with Oskar Werner as Montag and Julie Christie as Mildred. This is a dystopian story, based on a really tough society where people learn not to think for themselves. Books supposedly put at risk the happiness of the population. They are seen as a fantasy world written by a mad people, that can only produce sorrow and make you different in a world where everyone must be the same. The main character is Montag, a fireman (who instead of putting out fire, burns books…) who suddenly realizes that he has never been happy and starts to doubt the truths that he has been taught.
Very obvious differences from the book are that the names of the characters have been changed, most notably Mildred, Montag’s wife, who is called Linda in the film. The relationship between Montag and Mildred is much more passionate than in the book. Faber the character that helps and advises Montag does not appear in the film at all, the only possible resemblance is the man in the park who hides books. I find that leaving out this character, the film also lacks a lot of very important and explanatory scenes. The Hound is also omitted in the movie. Clarisse does not escape, on the contrary she dies, but it is not included in the film. The “parlor walls” are not televisions but a four wall room.
However, the scenes and characters that are found both in the film and the book are almost identical. Characters are perfectly exposed just like in the book. Some dialogues seem to have been “cut and copy”. Overall, not all the scenes and characters from the book can be found in the film, but those that can be found in the film are true to the book. Thus, I have enjoyed the movie as much as I did when I read the book. My rating is 3.5/5.
And who would I recommend this film to? To everyone that liked reading Fahrenheit 451 or 1984.
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