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Fahrenheit 451

François Truffaut’s grossly underrated adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 suffered from a fraught production. The director didn’t speak English and clashed badly with his leading man, Oscar Werner. Yet the end result is still remarkably compelling.  Ironically, in his defence of the written word, Truffaut and his cinematographer, Nicolas Roeg, produced some of the most memorable visuals of the director’s career. These combine with the slightly stilted line delivery and detached performances to create a terrifyingly sterile future, in which all books are destroyed and the imagination is fettered by a constant barrage of televised information.