Published in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 will make its 21st-century cinematic debut May 19th at 8PM on HBO. Earlier adaptations include a film by François Truffaut, a BBC radio dramatization, a stage play published by Mr. Bradbury and an interactive fiction computer game. Fahrenheit 451 is considered one of Ray Bradbury’s best works and has clearly withstood the test of time.
“Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television ‘family.’ But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.” Source: Amazon
Even though we now live in an era where social media is relentless in its spewing of opinions and judgments, the battle over what should be allowed continues to be a hot topic. Should lines be drawn? Is there such a thing as expressing oneself too freely? To confine the creative minds of writers, painters, photographers etc would be tragic indeed. The world needs artistic expression! It is a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us even in the most trying of times. It is sad though that some choose to use their expressive freedom to purposely hurt others while hiding their true identity. Cowards.
“Since its release, Fahrenheit 451 has remained an enduring classic for its condemnation of censorship and the suppression of free thought.” Source: The Verge
Check out the trailer below for what looks to be a thought-provoking thrill ride. Fan Fest News wants to know what you think. Have you read Fahrenheit 451? What are your thoughts on censorship?
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