Just get people to stop reading them." - Ray Bradbury
In my continuing discouragement with over saturated
marketing of movies that profit people that do not
hold real jobs, reading has become my primary form of
entertainment as of late. Therefore it is appropriate
that the Broward County Libraries Division celebrates
both the written word and the celluloid stock with The
Big Read; Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451."
From a pool of forty five applicants, Broward County
is one of ten communities selected nationwide to
promote and carry out community-based programs to
encourage reading by teens and adults. Florida Center
for the Book at Broward County Library and Florida
Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College
have joined forces in The Big Read inviting everyone
to read Ray Bradbury's “Fahrenheit 451.” The National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Arts
Midwest, is sponsoring this national initiative to
encourage literary reading by asking communities to
come together to read and discuss one book.
This Sunday, May 7th, the Ray Bradbury Cinema Festival
at the Main Library Auditorium will feature two classic movies
based on Bradbury's books. This double feature and
discussion begins at 1PM and an Audio CD featuring
entertaining interviews with Ray Bradbury will be
given to people who attend this Sunday Cinema Double
The second movie is based on Ray Bradbury's short
story - "The Foghorn," a novel about a lonely
dinosaur. This 1953 black & white classic features a
beast from 20,000 fathoms that is animated by
Bradbury's childhood friend, Ray Harryhausen. Their
relationship has an echo of Mark Twain's fictional
heroes, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, two young
boys who followed their mischievous muse.
Directed by Francious Truffant and starring Julie
Christie, this film will look at the futuristic
society that has firemen burn books. The movie
features one of the last musical scores of Bernard
Herrmann, who created a lyrical movie that is a piece
of visual poetry. Considered Ray Bradbury's only true
science fiction novel, "Fahrenheit 451” presented a
society in which firemen burn books.
Given his Hollywood connections, Ray Bradbury worked
on the screenplay of Herman Melville’s classic, "Moby
Dick,” directed by John Huston and starring Gregory
Peck as the obsessed Captain Ahab. With Michael
Moore's Captain Ahab's approach to film making and political
discourse, Bradbury’s themes are as timely as ever.
Yet if one sees and compares Moore's "Fahrenheit
9/11" and contrasts this with Dick Morris' "FarenHYPE
9/11,” one realizes that "Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451"
is a harbinger call to look beyond the obvious.
A widower for three years and dependent on a
wheelchair, Ray Bradbury was honored by President
George Bush in November 2004 with the National
Endowment for the Arts Award. This 85 year old author
is still writing and is very active; a
video-conference with Ray Bradbury is scheduled for
May 25, 7 p.m. at the Miami Dade College, Wolfson
Campus, Chapman Conference Center, Room 3210, 300 NE Second
Ave., Miami. To paraphase another Bradbury classic
book, something fun this way comes!