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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: Adapted to Screen


Jonathan Lin


Ethical Technology

February 21, 2013

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (1953) is widely considered as a hallmark of the dystopian literary genre, and its science-fiction qualities that set the story in the unknown future only enhances the novel’s critique of absolute governance. More than a decade later, acclaimed French filmmaker François Truffaut directed his only English-language film, adapting Bradbury’s book to the screen. At this point Truffaut had established the beginnings of his oeuvre with notable works like The 400 Blows (1959) and Jules and Jim (1962), none of which dealt with anything similar to the book-burning totalitarianism of the state featured so prominently in Bradbury’s world.


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