Final Scenes of Truffaut's FAHRENHEIT 451

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05 May 2021, 05:19 PM
Final Scenes of Truffaut's FAHRENHEIT 451
The link below will take you to a few of the final scenes of Truffaut's film version of FAHRENHEIT 451, featuring the Book People in the forest. It's my favorite part of the film, with Bernard Herrmann's superb score being the proverbial "icing on the cake":

06 May 2021, 11:57 AM
And my next-to-favorite scene in Truffaut's FAHRENHEIT 451: the title sequence. No written words, just a narrator speaking in a monotone over a series of colorized stills of television antennas, with Bernard Herrmann's score in the background. Brilliant!

06 May 2021, 04:34 PM
In keeping with this thread's theme of Truffaut's film of FAHRENHEIT 451, the link below will take you to almost seven minutes of Bernard Herrmann's score, accompanied by photos and short movie clips. Herrmann has always been my favorite composer for film, and his score for FAHRENHEIT 451 is one of his most haunting and beautiful.

Herrmann, for all his incredible talent, was a notoriously difficult person. Ray once told me that he and others were invited to someone's home to listen to a recording of an new opera version of MOBY DICK that Herrmann had composed. Herrmann was present as well. At the end of the recording, Ray told me that he, as well as the other guests, were struck by the beauty of what they had heard, and remained silent for a few moments, taking it all in. Ray said Herrmann was furious when the listeners did not immediately respond with enthusiasm and praise for the recording, and proceeded to start to storm out of the home. Ray said it took him and other listeners several minutes to explain to Herrmann that they had been struck by the beauty of his opera, and that their momentary silence was not to be interpreted as a dislike of the work. Again, a difficult man.

For more information about the life and work of Bernard Herrmann, I strongly recommend the terrific biography written about him, A HEART AT FIRE'S CENTER: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BERNARD HERRMANN, by Steven C. Smith.


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