Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

DVD - 2018
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In a not too distant future, humans live a seemingly care-free existence where they're happy and productive. There is a "price" though for this life: They must place special drops in their eyes daily and follow the rules perfectly, including the rule that they never own or read books. Guy Montag is a firefighter. He doesn't fight fires though, but instead hunts down those people who refuse to follow the law and burns their books. Like everyone else, Guy has been taught that books are filled with inaccuracies and insane ideas. He continues to believe this lie until a meets someone who teaches him that the dreams in his mind can only be explained through the knowledge found in books. He also learns that rebels have come up with a new way to save books from the firefighters. When Guy's mentor, Captain Beatty, comes to realize that Guy has joined the rebellion, Guy must make a difficult decision to save the collective thoughts of the human race.
Publisher: [New York] : HBO Home Entertainment, [2018]
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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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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rgally
Nov 16, 2018

Stilted, long-winded and really not very good remake of a not very good film from the 60s.

Disturbing story line badly screenwriten. I can't remember if I've read the Bradbury book but I'm sure it reads better than this

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richmole
Nov 07, 2018

I was a college kid when I saw the original movie version of this Ray Bradbury classic in 1966. I remember seeing it--one the few that has lingered in my memory for half a century!--partly because it seemed so audacious and partly because I was partial to what we now call "speculative fiction." Even then, it was a little unsatisfying, too much a "message" picture trying to prove a point. A little pompous and a little pedantic.

Fifty years later, we have a brand new version, but--message over plot--It's still pompous and pedantic. Looks much better than the original though; great staging, art direction, with sly winks at the Trump era. Michael Shannon is terrific as fire captain. Michael Jordan is ho-hum as Montag, the inquisitive fireman who just can't resist a good read. (A note on that: there'd be more audience appeal, I think, if the books were saw ablaze included Fifty Shades of Grey and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire alongside 19th century classics and avant garde philosophical tracts.)

The ending's anti-climactic--a real let-down. Ending of the original movie was much better.

Just for fun, wife and I came up with an alternative ending: what if, upon being exposed, Montag somehow persuaded the Captain to given to his obvious obsession and join the "dark" (literary/art loving) side? And BOTH of them turned their flame throwers on...the fire truck and crew! Yes! Burned down the fire hall! Fled into the bowels of the city to strike again at will (and, of course, read, listen to music and enjoy art.) True rebels with a literate cause! Much, much more satisfying--exciting, cinematic--than this down-beat movie ending.

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I_am_Legend
Oct 25, 2018

A compelling and modern story and re-invention of the original book. Acting by Michael Shannon and Micheal B. Jordan is absolutely stand out. Specially Michael Shannon stealing the scenes he is in. Although this movie starts out a bit dull, it starts to heat up quick (pun intended) and brings you on an exciting ride with twists and turns. I was on the edge of my seat most of my time. This is now one of my favourite films. This is the modern re-telling of 1984, but in this story Books and truth are illegal. 10/10

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looper46
Oct 07, 2018

Much better than the original from about 1966. Still pretty dull..., not sure why I got it, must have seen good review somewhere...

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teachers
Sep 28, 2018

We're in for a 90 min. "world-of-hurt" when the best part of the movie is in the opening credits' burning books & paintings - especially "Girl With a Pearl Earring". See "The Miniaturist". All books, paintings are burned except "The Bible"; "Moby Dick"; "To the Lighthouse"; inexplicably only readable in pictograph font (emojis for those under 30). The state (through their fire fighters) are tasked to make people happy by controlling their digital media, and doing away w/the vestiges of the old papered cultural ways.

This Bradbury rework would have fared better had they con-temporized the storyline a bit, and scripted what Bradbury had intended which is digital media, e.g. TV, internet are the evil ones. There was one fitting political apropos moment when it was said "Time to burn for America again!". Interesting, before Bradbury died he relented and allowed his works to be ebook digitized, but only if this novel was made free to libraries.

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lindy919
Sep 27, 2018

While this is just mediocre it is 100 million billion trillion times better than the laughable, horrendous, terrible, ridiculous worst movie ever made version of Fahrenheit 451 released in 1966.

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marypaz13
Aug 23, 2018

It's different from the book but it was equally enjoyable.

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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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