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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…
One of my favorites! "Brazil" is a darkly comic satire full of bizarre and surreal imagery and some really fantastic production quality.
dude, holy shit. this film is the fucking perfect representation of every anxiety i have ever felt relating to government in my life. wow. not to mention it's hilarious and an extremely good rollercoaster as well. there's so much packed in every scene. i can't even begin to say how incredible this movie is. just... just watch it. shut up and watch it. wowzers.
(this review is about the 2 1/2 hour version, i couldn't imagine anything being removed from it. it all felt essential.)
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A party in which at least one other person will recognise your costume because there is some
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Basically a dark comedy version of 1984, sounds great right ?
Except it's not funny. Not to me anyway. I have no idea why, but aside from a few moments here and there, it just doesn't do much for me. And really, once you're not having fun, this is a pretty bloated movie, constantly assaulting your senses with a story that really pales in comparison with the original.
The issue here is that the satire is pretty toothless. You're attacking bureaucracy, and plastic surgery... really ? That's... not as daring as Gilliam seems to think it is. Which, this whole film oozes a sense of smug self-satisfaction, and that…
Film #50 of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16.
Brazil is an amazing science fiction black comedy from Terry Gilliam that makes two and a half hours feel like thirty minutes. Totally loved watching this as it's pretty much a perfect mix of dystopian scifi, satire and dark comedy, and it brought Orwell's '1984', a novel I read only a couple of months ago, to mind in many ways. Jonathan Pierce is excellent, and I didn't even remember De Niro was in this. Definitely one of the best films I've watched during the season challenge!
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I think the first two or three times I've seen this film, I didn't quite enjoy it as much as I have this time so I'm revising my score for it. I think it in many ways it seems even more poignant now than then. Then could either be the time period in which I watched it, or the period of experiences in my life. Not sure. Either way. A really remarkable film even if it went on a wee bit long.
I am so proud for being a brazillian.
"Then, tomorrow was another day
The morning found me miles away
With still a million things to say
Now, when twilight dims the sky above
Recalling thrills of our love
There's one thing I'm certain of
Return I will to old Brazil"
Before our country get colonized by Portugal, the word "Brazil" was intended as "a paradisiac island" in native language. And the title of the movie comes from the Sinatra song "Brazil", an english version of the classic brazillian song "Aquarela do Brasil", composed by Ary Barroso.
Set in a society subdued by systematic chaos, Sam Lowry has a stressful routine but dreams about a perfect world, where he is a…
For better or for worse, Brazil is excessively absurd. The characters, score and narrative are all constantly loud, perhaps too much so. Gilliam's world building, though, is very impressive.
Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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