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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…
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…
"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…
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…
Another example of me being too young to really get it when I first watched it. Now, I love it. The fantasy stuff is great of course, but the bureaucratic comedy is what really makes this movie shine.
Inspired by seeing Ian Holm in Alien, this was a perfect opportunity to give the Italian blu ray (that I’ve had in the to-watch pile for the last year or so) a spin. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched this particular slice of Gilliam and time has been very kind to it. The script is sharp, the performances (save Greist) spot on, the plot just as relevant now as ever before and the design exquisite - successfully creating a retro-futuristic world that is somehow totally believable. It is bitingly funny and achingly sad, often that the same time such as the delivery of the cheque to Mrs Buttle. If there is one criticism, it is that at 143…
Funny, cruel, dark and brilliant. Gilliam's masterpiece is one of my all-time favorite films, and it has lost none of its relevance nor bite in the 30 years (!) since its release.
The trouble with a film set in the future is that when you are already living in that future and it is nothing like the film imagines, then it dates very quickly. This film design was too busy - reminded me a bit of Wes Anderson, but not as cute. I found it unwatchable to be honest.
This film is like nothing that I have ever seen, nor anyone else has ever seen. Gilliam truly transports you into his own world, but you can read every review and it'll tell you that. There is so much substance, humor, turmoil, and bleakness in this world, it's incredible.
Sure, there were parts of muddiness, but all in all, it's a beautiful and unique piece of cinema that can never be replicated.
This film reminded me soooo much of the film/novel 1984, they're practically the same story tbh, with some differences in the plot and the motives/circumstances of the protagonist. The fact that they came out one year apart kinda makes me laugh. But yeah it was good.
The last time I saw this movie, it was on a black and white TV in my bedroom at my parent's house. It must have been 90/91 I guess. I think it was a bit too much for the young lad version if me; which is why I haven't gone back to it since.
There's a lot to enjoy. You can see the blood, sweat and tears that went into the making of this beast. You can't help but appreciate its beauty, the ambition, the bonkers-ness meticulously displayed on screen.
However whilst I liked it and was in awe of the visual spectacle, I just wasn't crazy for it as a whole.
Often heralded as a modern day classic, Brazil is certainly the most revered entrant to the filmography of director Terry Gilliam. An unabashed adaptation of George Orwell's seminal 1984, Brazil is brimming with Gilliam's offbeat stylistics and is led by a fairly strong cast (though I'm yet to conclude what instigated Robert de Niro's involvement, such is the aloof nature of his performance). Jonathan Pryce is game as protagonist Sam Lowry, a no-mark bureaucrat who finds himself at the mercy of the dystopian state that he serves, giving a fitfully earnest performance that helps Gillian to sell the idea of this incarnation of Orwellian's future day autocracy as a nightmarish kingdom come. The problem with Gilliam, however, is that he…
Brazil is an insanely well crafted journey into our depressing near future. I came in blind and completely loved the experience,in the entire two and a half hour running time I was not just interested but entertained and compelled throughout. Visually stunning, I would find it hard to imagine how some images were created today let alone in 1985. The whole thing feels as an almost live action Terry Pratchet novel with the humor and zany characters. Watch this.
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!