Fahrenheit 451

In a world where houses don’t burn, there isn’t much for a fireman to do, except harass intellectuals and burn books — at least, that’s the job description for firefighters in François Truffaut’s film Fahrenheit 451. The story, based on the novel by Ray Bradbury, takes place in a futuristic world where literature is believed to breed anti-socialism and unstable emotions in citizens. Anyone found possessing a book is subject to punishment at the hands of the firemen, who seem more like East German Stasi officer rejects than civic servants. Guy Montag (played by Oskar Werner) is a loyal fireman until he encounters Clarisse (Julie Christie), who hoards books; she tells him about a community on the city’s outskirts where book lovers live in peace. Intrigued by the idea, Montag begins to question his role in a society where books and the knowledge they contain are forbidden. 7 p.m. College of the Mainland, 1501 Amburn Road. For information, call 409-938-8600 or visit www.com.edu. Free.
Fri., April 1, 2011

 
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