Throughout much of his brilliant career, Francois Truffaut was criticized for not making explicitly political films. However, he did tackle political themes in two films: FAHRENHEIT 451, an indictment of totalitarianism and book-burning, and THE LAST METRO, which dealt with the German
occupation of France. These films address the suppression of two media of deep personal significance for Truffaut--literature and the theater, respectively. The former is the most restrained and elegaic of science fiction films, full of poignant moments: a paean to the physical importance of
FAHRENHEIT 451 (the title refers to the temperature at which paper burns) is set so...