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Film Independent at LACMA: Fahrenheit 451
May 3, 2018 • 7:30 pm PDT
Includes a conversation with writer/director Ramin Bahrani
In 1953, Ray Bradbury published a science-fiction novel with one of the most unforgettable takes on dystopia ever. It was such a potent piece of work that Francois Truffaut selected it as the basis for his first and only English-language project, choosing it over what would become Bonnie and Clyde. Bradbury devised a shocking definition of the word “fireman”: a destroyer of hope and possibility, rather than a rescuer of these ideals. In the future in which Fahrenheit is set, firemen are charged with burning books, which have been banned. Michael B. Jordan also recognized the power of Bradbury’s fiction, and stars as fireman Guy Montag, leading an able and diverse cast that includes Michael Shannon, as well as Laura Harrier, Lily Singh and Sofia Boutella as the women who open Guy’s eyes and ultimately change his life. Ramin Bahrani, whose thought-provoking work set in real life dystopian circumstances includes Goodbye Solo and Chop Shop, adapted and directed Fahrenheit for HBO Films. He will take part in a conversation after the film.
2018, 115 minutes, Color, DCP | Written by Ramin Bahrani, based on the novel by Ray Bradbury; directed by Ramin Bahrani; with Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella, Lilly Singh
Film Independent and LACMA Film Club members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, April 19. | Screening tickets are free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.
LACMA member and general-admission tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, April 26. | Free; limit two tickets.
PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved Bing Theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their Bing Theater seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.