Moviedrome Mondays: Logan’s Run (1976) and Fahrenheit 451 (1966) (Mark Cousins intro)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday blog entry is a double-bill consisting of two dystopian science-fiction films.

Logan’s Run (1976)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to director Michael Anderson’s 1976 sci-fi action adventure Logan’s Run. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 17, 1997 (read here). Unlike Cousins, my overall opinion of Logan’s Run is rather mixed. While it’s art direction, cinematography and visual effects deserve high praise (dated or not), the film’s thematic elements come off as more interesting on the surface than they are in the center. Nevertheless, the presence of lead actors Michael York and Jenny Agutter make it a worthwhile watch.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Logan’s Run

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to legendary French New Wave filmmaker Francois Truffaut’s 1966 sci-fi drama Fahrenheit 451. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 18, 1997 (read here). Yes, the film is based on late celebrated fiction writer Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel of the same name. In addition, Fahrenheit 451 serves as Truffaut’s first English Language film (a British one in this case). While Truffaut may have had a reportedly unhappy experience making Fahrenheit 451, I still personally love it. If anything else, I would label it a masterpiece of form. Standouts in this case include Nicolas Roeg’s cinematography (trivia: this was Truffaut’s first film to be shot in color) and Bernard Herrman’s music score among other pleasures. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Francois Truffaut films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins intro to Fahrenheit 451

Here is a youtube video link to what may be the film’s original theatrical trailer

While this will not be my last blog entry for 2021, it will be my last one concerning the Moviedrome Monday entries. I shall resume the Moviedrome Monday blog entries in the new year (Sunday, January 9, 2022) beginning with the second half of season 8 of Moviedrome.

7 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Logan’s Run (1976) and Fahrenheit 451 (1966) (Mark Cousins intro)

  1. Logans Run … like that movie. Both versions. Star Power helps.
    The recent version is shown on TV occasionally. Haven’t seen York’s for a while. Yes, as you say, it is Dated. But still interesting to watch.

  2. I agree with you 95% on Logan’s Run. I should really hate it, but I don’t. Michael York’s acting didn’t get it for me…and, of course, Farrah Fawcett was terrible, God rest her soul. Logan’s Run was pre The Burning Bed–pre A Murder in Texas so…woof!
    I should have seen Fahrenheit 451 by now, but I haven’t. It’s on my list.

  3. None of us saw Farenheit 451, evidently, ’cause hubby and I just re-watched Logan’s Run recently for nostalgia. You know what, Pam, the weird thing about Farrah in that– later when she’s in the tunnels and crying and saying, “Wait…I remember….” I thought she was kinda good in that scene. I believed her fear and her confusion and almost surprise at herself that she DID remember something, lol. I thought it was a good moment. 🙂

  4. Well, not to beat a dead horse and I’m not actually a fan of Farrah F., but she did at least attempt to improve her acting as years went by, which is more than can be said of a lot of people in that business, lol.

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