Yes that's her. I guess I don't really have a problem with her acting, she played Clarisse well enough but I think I found it a bit disturbing having her play Montag's wife as well - unless they were trying to make some kind of point about his relationship with these two women.
Posts: 9 | Location: ACT, Australia | Registered: 26 March 2004
I think that is exactly the point they were trying to make. Montag is drawn to Clarisse, just as he was once drawn to his wife. Although as characters (at this point in time) they are very different, there is some common factor they share.
Or... Clarisse and the wife (sorry, I can't remember what she was called in the film, but it definitely wasn't Mildred) are represented as complementary - the wife has/had something, but Clarisse has something that is missing. If that makes any sense.
Personally, I think the dual casting was an interesting but failed experiment. I don't find Julie Christie very convincing as Clarisse. Then again, I find it hard to like Montag as well.
The "old" movie is definitely on DVD. It was recently reissued with a couple of commendable documentaries (one on the making of the film, and one on the composition of Bernard Herrmann's music score), a commentary track by Julie Christie and an excellent interview with Ray by filmmaker/screen historian Laurent Bouzereau (co-author of Pat Hitchcock's recent and highly recommended memoir, THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MAN). The movie is presented in widescreen and looks (and sounds) terrific.
Posts: 11 | Location: Sheffield, AL, USA | Registered: 09 April 2004
"Those who don't read have no advantage over those who can't."
This quote by Mark Twain reminds me of an old man I went to church with when I was 13. One Sunday he and his wife took me out to dinner and I asked him (as I did everyone) what I considered the most complimentary possible question in polite conversation, his favorite book. He replied he didn't read because "What use would it be to me to go to the library, check out some story, and spend my time reading about events that never happened to people who never existed?" Well, I was STRUCK SPEECHLESS! I was raised in a reading family--ministers, professors, and schoolteachers for generations--and I had NEVER heard reading or literature dismissed in that way. I don't recall how the rest of the conversation went, I was just so stunned and floored. It was the first time I'd heard such an ENTIRELY different viewpoint, and almost the last time, too--our society now is so geared to encouraging kids to read--what I'm thinking is, yes, read all you can before age 18, as you won't have as much time after--frankly I couldn't have survived as a kid without reading. I read once that Ron Howard said he had a very hard time learning to read, because always being on set as a child proved distracting. Well, I can guarantee you that when I was a child it didn't matter how distracting things around me got--in school, the teacher could leave the room, and the class would be up to all kinds of shenanigans and noise--guaranteed, there I'd be with my nose in a book, where it would remain unless I were really REQUIRED to be doing something else. I can't imagine a child spending long hours on a set, waiting around between scenes, without a book to read to pass the time, unless there were other children to provide entertainment. Maybe that's just me, but it seems the most natural thing in the world to me to always have a book on hand. How to burn a book without striking a match: by not only not reading it but ensuring that others don't either.
Posts: 2694 | Location: Dayton, Washington, USA | Registered: 03 December 2001
Emily, you can order a copy of the score to the 1992 opera version of FAHRENHEIT 451 from the Australian Music Centre. Unfortunately, it is not inexpensive. Click on the link below for ordering information: