Fahrenheit 451 (1966): Truffaut’s First Color, First English Speaking Film of Ray Bradbury’s Acclaimed Novel

French director Francois Truffaut shows no emotional or intellectual affinity with the dystopian sci-fi drama, Fahrenheit 451, based on the 1953 acclaimed novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury.

The story takes place in a controlled society in an oppressive future in which the government sends out firemen to destroy all literature to prevent revolution and any kind of thinking.

This was Truffaut’s first color film, as well as his only English-language film, for which he cast three talented actors, Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, and Cyril Cusack

World premiering at the 1966 Venice Film Fest, Fahrenheit 451 divided critics and was a commercial failure.