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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…
Constantly interweaving between potent satire, expressionistic fantasy, blazing science-fiction and inexplicably charming romance; Brazil is an utterly audacious and perfect piece of cinematic art. As I see more and more films, I find myself harder to please. So, when I find a film that completely blows me away like I'm seeing moving images for the first time, I take notice.
Truly I felt, as streams of images, sights, and sounds blasted across the screen, that I was experiencing something worth treasuring. Something beautiful. Something daring. Something wonderful....
I cannot phrase my adoration for this film in any simple way. It's an instant favorite, an instant top-10 favorite I may add; and it knocked me on my ass in…
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…
Brazil was a fun film full of amusing social commentary. It had strong actors and an unsettling black humor, juxtaposing terrifying situations with the relative levity with which the characters treated these situations. There was an obsession with plastic surgery, a superficial desire to obey and work one's way up the corporate ladder, and a general lack of morals. Curiously, there was no "Big Brother" figure and therefore no real antagonist but the convoluted bureaucracy itself.
Still, the film fell short of expectations. The female protagonist, Carrie, served a questionable role in the story. Apparently this was due to poor performance from the actress herself, but it dragged down the whole story. There was nothing captivating about her. The story…
I went into Brazil not knowing what to expect. The trailer didn't help much in giving me a clue as to what the film is about which, I think, is a good thing. This movie is insane and it works. The film has a crazy science-fiction/noir/comedy kind of thing going on. Also, I like that, at 143 minutes it never feels like it's longer than it needs to be. It's really a blessing when you don't feel a movie's length. Present here, is a plethora of characters wonderfully played by their respective actors. It was nice seeing DeNiro in the role he had. Kind of different. Jonathan Pryce (as Sam…
Didn't really connect with the characters or story but I can see why this is a classic for some people. Its influence over the dystopian sci-fi films of the late 80s and early 90s is obvious with incredibly original art direction.
A 1984-ish government encases Sam Lowry who dreams of falling in love with a normal woman. He encounters many obstacles while trying to meet her and do what is right and lawful. This movie is odd and strange but I think that's the way that Terry Gilliam whats he's movies to be.
Hadn't seen Brazil in a while. Most immediately striking thing was how some of the Python-esque schtick was so lost on me in the past ("I need your help, Sam.")
I've also always wanted to say that this movie is much more successful at pinning hypocrisies to the present than being meaningfully foreboding about the future. But this movie is about to be thirty years old, and now it's the less light-hearted cultural touchstones that seem the most prescient. The military police barely seem as absurd as Broadbent's mad surgeon.
I don't think Gilliam ever intended for this commentary to be too potent. The plot is essentially just one lonely working man's desires for something more, and you can tell that story in any past or present century. But the Fritz Lang on acid set pieces are a helluva lot more fun than most alternatives.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film was so much fun. I really adore Terry Gilliam,his brand of humor and imagination. This is a brilliant fantasy/satirical take on a dystopian like bureaucratic society kind of similar to Orwell's 1984 but more comical, slapstick kind with a bunch of oddball characters. De Niro has a fine cameo in this one. It all starts with a mistaken identity that later on turns into weird fantastical stuff in a good way as the protagonist tries to rebel against the very organization he works for when he meets the woman of his dreams. The dream sequences are exquisite to behold.
To my estimation, there isn't another film director working today that gets more undeserved critical attention then Terry Gilliam. Case in point Brazil, which has received overwhelming critical praise, placement on several best of 80's films lists and not 1 but 4 fucking criterion collection releases! Having finally gotten around to watching this film for the first time, I have no inkling whatsoever as to what all the fuss is about. Brazil is nothing more then a criminally overlong, drab, ugly, dull, tedious exercise to sit through. The film is set in a dystopian future (just like practically every other Gilliam film) and it's story revolves around a lower level government employee working for Ministry of Information who discovers that…
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- The Birth of a Nation
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- Only God Forgives
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- The Racket
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