Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fahrenheit 451 - A remake!

Finally, a re-make of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Frank Darabont will direct. Darabont directed Shawshank Redemption, the Indiana Jones series, the Green Mile, to name a few. His recent comments regarding Fahrenheit 451 are worth repeating. In describing the movie, where firemen start fires rather than putting them out, Darabont says:

"It's a rabidly anti-intellectual world — a world in which literature is destroyed or otherwise censored; the intellectually curious are chastised and punished to the point of distraction by nonstop, insipid programming; and meaningful knowledge and interpersonal relationships are shunted in favor of empty propaganda and personal apathy.

Welcome to Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," where "fireman" Guy Montag burns books while prosecuting, and in one instance killing, those who cling to them.

Welcome to President Bush's America, said director Frank Darabont, a culture that proves that there is more than one way to burn a book."

Given today's news that the AP-Ipsos poll found 22 percent of liberals and moderates said they had not read a book within the past year, compared with 34 percent of conservatives. You know this is a timely film. See it and weep.

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