Movie Diary 11/10/2021

Fahrenheit 451 (Francois Truffaut, 1966). I have always dug this film, going back to its airings on the “Big Money Movie” on local-TV afternoons, where it must have puzzled quite a few viewers. The sequence of Oskar Werner sitting down to read for the first time (“Chapter One – I Was Born”) is a favorite movie scene. The shots of the books burning up are like no one else would do them, and the way Truffaut sees the pages of David Copperfield as Werner reads, cutting to slightly closer views of the words as he proceeds, is the mark of a true bibliophile – no, a fetishist. And if you don’t have a little streak of that in you as an artist, forget it.

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