The commemorative screening of the film “Fahrenheit 451” will be shown in celebration of Ray Bradbury’s birthday on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium. Admission is free and seating is limited.
“Fahrenheit 451” was adapted to the screen from a novel by award-winning writer Ray Bradbury and stars Julie Christie, Oskar Werner, and Cyril Cusack. The story finds the human race in a terrifying future where books are outlawed and “fireman” are charged with burning books and setting fire to any house in which they are found. The film was directed by celebrated French director François Truffaut, and is his only English language film.
Attendees receive three hours free parking across Harvard Street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the library’s loan desk. The screening is sponsored by the Associates of Brand Library & Art Center’s REEL ART film series in cooperation with Glendale Library, Arts & Culture.
“We’re pleased to present the cinematic version of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ to honor the anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s birth on Aug. 22, 93 years ago. And we relish the irony of screening it at our public library as the topic is institutionalized book-burning, ”said Arlene Vidor, president of the Brand Associates. Bradbury also had a close association with the Glendale Public Library over the years.
Steven Paul Leiva, Los Angeles based novelist, essayist, and close friend of Bradbury’s, will speak and take questions after the screening. Leiva created and organized Ray Bradbury Week in Los Angeles in 2010, a city-wide series of events in honor of Bradbury’s 90th birthday. He recently spearheaded the naming of the downtown L.A. intersection of Fifth & Flower as Ray Bradbury Square. He will also sign copies of his book “Searching for Ray Bradbury: Writings About the Writer and the Man.”