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Brazil

1985

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  • Its story glides effortlessly from knockabout comedy and political satire to dreamy romance, rambunctious fantasy, and dystopian science fiction. Its verbal and visual wit remain as incisive as ever, and the themes it explores—social alienation, terrorism, the hazards of high technology, and the bureaucratization of absolutely everything—are more urgent now than when the film premiered in 1985.

  • Tar-black in its comic tone, Brazil rouses a wide range of robust emotions through its stunningly coherent, madly inventive narrative. Sam and Jill's romance is hard-won, delicate, and strangely sweet, their culminating roll in the hay radiating pure joy, but the filmmakers also tap potently into the ruthless irresponsibility that a privatized bureaucracy engenders.

  • The Film That Changed My Life. Saw it 10 times or more during its theatrical run, and it pretty much singlehandedly kick-started my sense of the medium as more than passing entertainment; can't really pretend to be objective about it now, though I'd expected to rate it even higher.

  • It's a world where instability is constantly threatening to undermine the tightly wound internal logic that governs everything, where loose cogs in the machine like Sam Lowry become threats simply because the system isn't wired to accommodate them... BRAZIL, among the most fantastically dark and detail-rich science fiction flicks ever, was--and remains--a visionary work worth fighting for.

  • It remains Gilliam’s most artistically successful film because it juggles the historical and the hallucinatory, the eternally true, the prophetically true, and that which is only ever true in his mind. It’s also the definitive film about how people live with excessive rules and regulations—meaning that it speaks equally clearly to Gilliam’s curmudgeonly persona, the eighties, the entire modern era, and, in 2017, the early days of the Trump presidency.

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