I don't know about you, but thank goodness it's almost the weekend. With the morning I've already had, I can't wait to just relax the days away and forget all the frustration of the week. And for this weekend, I've selected a few different dramas for your enjoyment, because there's nothing more cathartic than watching someone else's problems instead of your own.
The next selection comes from the literary world too - "Fahrenheit 451," the 1966 movie adaptation of Ray Bradbury's bestselling novel (and every grade school kid's required reading). Written and directed by Francois Truffaut and starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie, it tells the tale of a futuristic fireman, yet this fireman starts fires instead of stopping them. Mainly he burns books, which are forbidden, but when he decides to actually read one of the books he is supposed to burn, his whole life turns upside down. Truffaut always thought science-fiction was too trite and cheesy for him, but when someone told him the story of "Fahrenheit 451," he immediately started adapting it into a script, even though he had still not fully grasped the English language. It would take him three years to get the production started. Originally, Terence Stamp had been cast in the movie's lead, but when Truffaut decided to have Christie play both female leads, he dropped out, thinking his former lover would overshadow him too much. However, Truffaut's resulting lead choice Werner did not turn out well. Werner and Truffaut detested each other. Werner even purposely cut his hair while filming a scene so that Truffaut would have to deal with continuity errors. It's still a great story about censorship though. "Fahrenheit 451" is on TCM this Sunday at 3:45am EST (which is really Monday morning but TCM's schedule makes it confusing, which I just noticed, so be sure to check out my update on the scheduled time for "Love with the Proper Stranger" too) or you can stream it on Netflix.