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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 review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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Combining witty satire, dystopian science fiction, surrealist dreams, and the essence of Kafka, Brazil is the kind of film that was made for me. What's not to like? I first watched this film in 2008 when I was exploring a series of cyberpunk films that I wrote down from the old cyberpunkreview.com; Gilliam's 1985 film received top honors with a 10/10, so I was expecting great things. I loved the film, then, even if I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it. (I wrote, "One…
Days and day after having seen Brazil I still couldn't get thát song out of my head. My, my, that was some annoying - yet extremely well chosen - stuff.
Terry Gilliam's future tale of bureaucracy having taken over a gloomy world and privacy being a thing of the past may be even more relevant now than it was thirty years ago. It is eerie, visually stunning and damn funny while also being quite horrific at times too. Leave it to Gilliam to not confine his movie to one thing. Jonathan Pryce is our 'hero' and I never envisioned him a hero in the true sense and he is and isn't in this film which is probably why he fits…
While watching Brazil it dawned on me that the film was not as strange as proclaimed by many, until I realized that what's so strange is that such a large production was allowed to be this strange. Brazil pits us in a fully realized world, one that is similar to the Orwellian future of 1984. It also puts the viewer within the surreal dreams of the film's protagonist. In that sense it's strange, but I mostly found it frightening. The police state of Brazil is ever present and all knowing. It provides an eery and off kilter atmosphere. The film also benefits from the array of eccentric side characters, especially the characters played by Robert DeNiro and Ian Holm.
A funny, strange and even thought-provoking satire of bureaucracy and the technological age.
This review will be biased as balls, because I adore this film to tiny pieces and love it so much. I even sing and quote the film as I shower. This is a masterpiece and my favourite Terry Gilliam film. God I love this, god I love this. Terry Gilliam has shown up quite a bit in my past, firstly with Fear and Loathing which overwhelmed me on my first viewing and Twelve Monkeys which I consider to be one of the better Time Travel films out there. So here we go.
Firstly, the stylisation is perfect for this nightmarish society, the scenes associated with Sam's working life tend to be more 'normal' per say, and use dull colours, while…
gets better every time
Terry Gilliam has to fight each time he makes a movie. You could write volumes about the director’s struggles in getting his films on the screen. His reputation reaches mythic proportions of being difficult, demanding, and maybe even a little crazy. I see Gilliam as a mix between the sadistic music teacher in Whiplash, and the titular character from his own film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. He’s an intense perfectionist who delights in telling the tallest of tales. Somewhere within him is a little bit of Sam Lowry, Gilliam’s protagonist in his brilliant and singular film Brazil. Lowry starts the film as just a dreamer, but by the end he’s willing to sacrifice his own best interests to pursue…
I still think this is one of the greatest films ever made.
Um dos filmes renomados de ficção científica cult dos anos 80. Só que não tive muita paciência de ver. Principalmente pela trilha tocando incessantemente Aquarela do Brasil. Claro que a crítica que o filme trás é bem relevante, mas o modo que foi apresentado me irritou bastante. No mais, o desfecho do filme é excelente e mostra o porquê de ser bem avaliado.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!