Fahrenheit 451 (1966, dir. Francois Truffaut)
“Someone told me the story of Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, because I was saying science fiction is uninteresting and arbitrary. But when I was told, ‘This is about a society where books are banned, and where the firemen, instead of putting out fires, burn the books that they find,’ I wanted to make the movie, because I wanted to show books in difficulty, almost as if they were people in difficulty. It took me years to raise the money, and finally I had to make the picture in England, which was a serious handicap, but I kept the same idea.
There were four or five book-burnings [in the film]. In the first one you could see the books in piles of 10 and 20, while in the last one you could read the type as it was consumed by the flames, you could see the pages curling, and I wanted the audience to suffer as if it were seeing animals or people burning.”