Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

“I wanted to make the movie because I wanted to show books in difficulty, almost as if they were people in difficulty,” […] “I wanted the audience to suffer as if they were seeing animals or people burning.”

François Truffaut1


“Half the film is strictly visual, which makes me really happy. In almost all films, the footage of acted dialogue scenes tends to increase during shooting whereas the mute part (action scenes, scene of violence, love scenes, mute reactions) diminishes becase there’s never enough time to shoot all the scenes intended. Spurred on by all the silent films of the 1920s I have seen and seen again in the last two years, I cling to my ‘privileged moments’ so that they don’t get whittled down.”

François Truffaut2

  • 1Quoted in Sanche de Gramont, “Life Style of Homo Cinematicus – François Truffaut,” New York Times Magazine, 15 June 1969.
  • 2François Truffaut in his journal of Fahrenheit 451, which was later published in Cahiers du Cinéma in French and English.
UPDATED ON 05.11.2018