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Burn After Reading

Right: Beatty
watches his
young protégé at
work. Below:
Flame bars
provide
additional
firelight - which
is further
bolstered by Arri
SkyPanel LED
units - as two
cameras capture
the action.

Kramer Morgenthau. AC visited the
filmmakers while they were shooting in
Toronto last September, on day 41 of
their 43-day shoot.
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June 2018

It is the second day shooting in
the Cranfield House, the 1901
mansion that recently had a starring
role in the horror blockbuster It (AC
Oct. '17). For Fahrenheit 451, the
building is being used for several interiors, including McClellan's run-down
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loft. (The day before, the production
received unexpected guests when a
number of raccoons suddenly emerged
through a wall.)
Bahrani - whose previous
credits include the features Man Push
Cart (AC May '06), Chop Shop,
Goodbye Solo and 99 Homes (AC Oct.
'15) - says he was inspired to adapt
and modernize Bradbury's story in
2015, when he sensed a change in the
political climate. "As Bradbury wrote,
we demanded a world like this," the
director says, sitting on a padded apple
box by a Sony monitor and echoing
dialogue from the script he co-wrote
with Amir Naderi. "We elected things
to become this way. We decided to give
all our information away. We decided
to read news on Facebook, which tells
us exactly the news we want to read."
He points to other prescient
aspects of the novel, such as wall-sized
TV monitors and "Seashells" -
earphones that dial in popular music,
entertainment and news. "Today you
could burn a book, but I might have 10
million books in this supercomputer,"
Bahrani continues, holding up his



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