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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…
"Hi there. I want to talk to you about ducts."
This is a review for the "Love Conquers All" version of Brazil, a cut of the film made by Universal during their conflict with director Terry Gilliam. They wanted the film to be shorter and have a different ending; Gilliam refused. So the studio made this abomination, which is two-thirds the original length and attempts to offer almost the exact opposite message of the original film (if this one tells us "love conquers all," the original could be understood as telling us "all is conquered by love/fantasy).
There were not only massive cuts which eliminate certain characters entirely, but also alternate takes of certain performances which emphasize Sam's supposed heroism…
I found it hard to concentrate on what was happening. And it's two and a half hours so I had to pause quite a few times. Very much not my type of a movie. The letters M-O-I on the walls were rather amusing, though.
I don't think I will ever get sick of hearing Aquarela do Brasil.
Incredible set, amazing acting, awe-inspiring storyline. Definetly worth the watch!
Unless one is well traversed in the world of cinema, Brazil has seemed to have slipped through most peoples minds in recent years. A handful of 80s movies are well known to be quite dated these days and Brazil might have a running chance in being a prime example of that. However, the creative inventiveness of this enthralling world really is unlike anything else out there that one has witnessed or seen. I think this still has the potential to appeal to more modern / younger viewers. It was fairly important and influential when it came to steering the direction of the sci-fi genre and is still able to maintain relevancy through its ideas and dialogue. If one has yet to experience a first outing with Brazil, well then, prepare for an incredible and original experience.
Seen on 35mm at the Portland Art Museum, the film is as hilarious and troubling as it was when I first saw it.
One of the better films in 1985 but I could not fully grasp what it intends to do. Cool looking visuals though.
Weird but I loved it!
#9 of my Horror Movie Marathon
It is a surreal, dream-like Sci-Fi so why didn't I like it?
Honestly I have no idea, when I think of the types of films I like the most "dreamlike" and "science" come to mind so I had high hopes for this scifi horror and walked away kinda not feeling anything towards the film at all.I guess it's not the films fault, a lot of the time I wouldn't feel anything towards a film even if I start to love it later on, and I have no idea why that happens to me.
Apparently this film is popular in conservative circles as a dystopic portrait of liberal bureaucracy. That's rich, as it now seems much more in line with the right-wing PATRIOT Act fascism of post-9/11 America.
"SUSPICION BUILDS CONFIDENCE."
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All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…