Some really, really terrifying Fridge Brilliance in Fahrenheit 451. When the captain is describing to our hero about censorship and what it means, and I'm a little confused because I agree with everything he's saying...until I realize that he's taken my decidedly cynical philosophy on censorship and turned into glorious praise of what a wonderful thing censorship is. I get the jibblies just remembering it. Jibblie...-Chowder
Brought up in-story Beatty wanted to die.
Anybody else recall them hacking at the walls before they start pumping kerosene?
This Tropette watched the movie for her English class. In one scene, we see Mildred act in her "television play" with her "family". Before the play begins, there's a hostess that introduces the audience to the play. I immediately noted that the hostess looked a lot like Audrey Hepburn. Could it be that the society in the movie is using No Celebrities Were Harmed to increase sales of parlor sets and/or ratings for their television plays?
No, no. Breakfast at Tiffany's (the movie she got really famous for) was based on a book. Books are burned, so having an Audrey look-alike wouldn't reel customers in.
On the other hand, the book is a great deal less famous than the movie. There's no reason that film adaptations of books can't remain cultural touchstones, as long as the books themselves fall into obscurity.
Why, when everyone else ignored her, did Montag listen to Clarisse? Clarisse says that he's the only one that's listened to her... so why Montag?
Law of Averages, mostly. No indoctrination program sticks 100%. Clarisse herself is an example of that. Montag just happened to be the guy who listened...and of course, he's the one the book follows, because he's one of the odd ducks.