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It's only a state of mind.
Brazil is a Terry Gilliam dystopic black comedy film that reflects the melancholy, dreamlike quality of a famous Brazilian song that’s been translated into English. The film parodies the mostly dysfunctional bureaucratic world we live in and takes us to a post-apocalyptic world in the future yet with our present day attitudes in mind.
What do you get when you mix Python with Kafka and put it in an Orwellian nightmare? You get Gilliam's unsung masterpiece that manages to be both dark satire and visionary piece of visual art.
It is in essence a fierce attack on bureaucracy and totalitarianism, told as a tale greatly inspired by 1984, but unique in its deep emotive layers and beautiful aesthetics. Gilliam is often a messy director, but here he is in perfect balance. He gives us his unique visual flair without losing sight of the story and its themes.
Gilliam's film sings a song for the individual, the romantic and for love. Struggling through a web of red tape and one clerical error we witness the…
Film #4 of Gustav's Recommendations
”Mistakes? We don't make mistakes.”
What is living under a totalitarian regime – where paranoia and anxiety are routine parts of everyday life - like? Where all your acts and even thoughts are controlled by the government and everything you do and everything you say can be seen as a threat for the state. It’s not a surprise that some people may try and change the way things are and of course it’s not a surprise to see government suppressing any kind of suspicious activity. In such a state many people will only dare to imagine things like freedom, happiness and joy in their dreams.
Terry Gilliam’s Brazil takes the above mentioned issue and turns…
The occasion for this watch was that my lovely wife was busy with some work chores, and I got to pick for our Thursday neighbour movie night. These occasions are always like me being in a candy store. I get a chance to validate ( or invalidate ) my cinematic taste by choosing to re-watch something on Lise’s He Says She Says list. Well, it suddenly struck me that my sweetie had given me the Criterion Blu of Brazil for a birthday present; Brazil was #1 on the He Says She Says List; Brazil it is!
Stanley Kubrick turned the source novel Red Alert on its head by turning it into a black comedy, so does Gilliam with his Orwellian…
"Doesn't it bother you the sort of things you do at Information Retrieval?"
"What? I suppose you'd rather have terrorists!"
Brazil is a science fiction black comedy from famously idiosyncratic director Terry Gilliam, and even though I don't consider myself a fan of the director's work in general, to me the film is a masterpiece. It is so richly textured both in terms of its visual presentation and its thematic construction that it's hard to know where to begin (the film almost belongs as part of the German Expressionist movement). Perhaps it is Gilliam's penchant for detail which draws me to the film, as there's a part of me that wants to go through and take screenshots of every one…
This was the second time I viewed this complex Science-fiction film directed by the Monty Python member and eccentric genius Terry Gilliam. I can't really say if my taste and how I view movies has evolved or if I was just able to grasp this cryptic dystopian nightmare better on my second viewing, but the two years that have passed since I last saw it, proved enough to make it grow on me from a weak 4 star to a strong 5 star movie. Brazil follows Sam Lowry a competent clerk, who is content with his position at the records of a huge government agency known as the Ministry of Information, but is thrown into a sea of odd occurrences…
During the last Criterion sale, I took a gamble and bought the Brazil Blu-ray. A gamble because I had started watching it once before, several years ago, but abandoned it. But I reasoned, really, could it be any more up my alley? A visionary filmmaker, a world built from the scratch of our world, bold ideas and bold visuals. I’d heard bits and pieces about the troubles and the studio problems and everything else (looking forward to checking out the extra features), so I knew not to expect flawlessness.
More and more I’m coming to love films that aim high, even if they don’t fully succeed. Show me something imperfect, show me something messy, as long as it’s crazy or…
This was insane. It made me feel insane. But all in a very exciting and fun way. What a masterpiece.
What if Joseph Heller had written "1984" instead of "Catch-22"?
I went into this with a great deal of trepidation for although, like all right-thinking people, I love Monty Python I was seriously underwhelmed by Gilliam's other films I had seen, namely "Twelve Monkeys" and "The Fisher King" and I had passively concluded from descriptions of the rest that he wasn't really my cup of tea, but I had always wondered about "Brazil" and I absolutely love almost everything about it. It is incredibly dark and mordant and appropriately so, its humanity is genuine and genuinely touching and its evocation of its nightmare reality is masterful in almost every regard. If inclined one might quibble with the awkwardness of the female lead and the necessity for Robert De Niro's somewhat distracting presence, but I'm not really inclined. Certainly the most personally significant film I've seen since first watching Michael Powell's "Colonel Blimp" nearly two years ago.
The greatest Orwellian adaptation, the greatest futuristic dystopian sci-fi, and the greatest Terry Gilliam film.
What could I say about brazil ? It was GREAT! It really took you to a different world. It made you feel some kind of way. I kind of want to say it predicts the future, that this world could end up in a totalitarian ruling. Makes you think when you're done with the movie. A+ work. The set design was eerie, great concept!
Mr Helpmann: "He's got away from us, Jack."
Jack: "I'm afraid you're right, Mr. Helpmann. He's gone."
Brazil has a compelling and layered narrative, tackling numerous themes such as: bureaucracy, terrorism, industrialization, totalitarianism, societal preoccupation with youth and looks, consumerism, love, escapism. But what keeps this from being overwhelmingly stuffy is Terry Gilliam's brand of wit and humor. Nobody does socio-political commentary quite like Him. Brazil is one brilliant piece of satirical work. And the set design is bonkers and spectacularly epic in scale.
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Stunning, absorbing, hilarious, audacious, ferocious, risque.
There is nothing on Earth like BRAZIL.
This is probably one of the most weird looking movies ever made, I don't think there is a minute that goes without any kind of object or action that catches your eye, it's just insane, I don't think there are 60 seconds without some strange device stiring, an oddly-designed backgroud character or just a detail passing by the frame! So you'd think it's hard to get some character development in there...
Well, in my opinion the protagonist Sam Lowry has one of the greats.
The movie is essentially an adaptation of George Orwell's "1984" as if it was a black comedy and it centers around Sam, who works as a mediocre employee that gets undeserved and unwanted favors from his…
Und in dem Moment in dem man es fast aufgibt noch irgendeinen Sinn in dem Film zu finden, verziehen sich die Wolken und dir wird das gesamte Ausmaß bewusst! Genial! Und visuell auch noch sehr kreativ.
Right in the moment you give it up to find any sense in this movie, the clouds fly away and you realise what this is all about! Genius! And also visually very creative.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…