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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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
There are many reason why I love Terry Gilliam.
Brazil is probably the most prominent of those reasons.
This film carries all of Gilliam's trademarks, honed to perfection. The dark, Python-esque comedy; the elaborate visual style; the mix of light and dark tones are all synchronized into one incredible film. Not only is it though provoking and intelligent, but also incredibly entertaining; with its 142 minute run time just flying by.
The production design and production scales are immaculate, and the world is perfectly realized in a sense that only Gilliam could create. Despite having influences from Kafka, Orwell, and the director's earlier days in the Monty Python troupe; Gilliam's world feels completely unique - and eerily prevalent to our…
Ever since college, Brazil has been my go-to when people ask the crazy-making question "What's your favorite movie?" In many ways, it's anarchic and undisciplined, as Terry Gilliam films tend to be, but it's also funny, frightening, impressively prescient, passionate, and just plain not like anything else ever made. A bunch of us at The Dissolve just re-watched it for an upcoming Movie Of The Week discussion on the site (starting Monday, August 5 for those who want to play along) and we'll be writing a great deal about it then, so I won't get too deeply into it here and now, except to say this: Brazil is Gilliam's masterpiece. Impeccably crafted, brilliantly thought-through, and just plain crazy. It had…
Wonderfully imaginative, but does not have the audience's best interest in mind. Thus, enjoyment suffers.
Watched in honour of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Terry Gilliam's visually stunning masterpiece gets better with every viewing. I've really liked this film for a long time, but watching it this time, everything fell into place and I ended up really loving it!
This movie is, like, holy shit! It's crazy! Making this movie must have been nuts. The sets and all the everything is just non-stop bizarre the whole time. I love it. The story is great, too. It's a great commentary even almost 30 years later. Watch this one, but don't forget to fill out form G-2 Z-23 in triplicate before viewing.
Or you'll be killed.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A fascinating story of bureaucracy in a dystopian near future, Brazil is a masterpiece of cinema. Its premise is still largely relevant to a present day viewer and the art direction and plot proves to be timeless.
Having never seen Brazil before I was utterly impressed by everything the film sets out to achieve. It is obvious that this cult classic has influenced a number of different things, such as Futurama, the Bioshock games and the Steampunk sub-culture to name a few.
Incredibly funny and also deadly serious, Terry Gilliam has created a world that feels so real, considering the protocol and technological dependancy we have injected into everyday life. It is no stretch to imagine that a dystopian future…
"8:49 pm, somewhere in the 21st century..."
Terry Gilliam's weird world of Brazil tells the cautionary tale of a bureaucratic government run wild. Sam Lowry, Gilliam's everyman protagonist, dreams of flying away with the perfect woman and escaping the soul crushing, miserable life that he leads. Lowry, played by Jonathan Pryce, is assigned to investigate a possible "accidental" murder, which leads him to Jill Layton, played by Kim Greist. Jill, who happens to be the woman Sam has been dreaming of, was a witness to the wrongful arrest and murder, and ends up joining Sam in his attempt to find the truth at the bottom of all of the paperwork. As a lover of photography and cinematography, Brazil was.... Not…
The Sci-Fi epic made for the beta male. This film runs the gambit of satire, noire, hard sci-fi, childlike glee, and genuine horror. Possibly Terry Gilliam's best.
If only this was made one year earlier...
"This is your receipt for your husband, and this is my receipt for your receipt."
Terry Gilliam has always been an ambitious director with wild visions for his films. Sometimes that's worked out, sometimes it hasn't. In the case of the follow-up to his successful film "Time Bandits," "Brazil" didn't work out, at least at the time. Gilliam had a very public battle with Sid Sheinberg, the president and CEO of MCA-Universal at the time, who didn't want to release Gilliam's film as it was presented to him. It wasn't until 1996 when Gilliam's director's cut was finally released, but people could tell long before that there was a great film here. Join us -- Pete Wright and Andy Nelson…
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