Brazil

Brazil

Blu-ray Disc - 2012
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A comedy/romance about a surreal world in which terrorists scare the citizens, and where nothing can be accomplished without paperwork. All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer and new bonus features.
Publisher: [United States] :, The Criterion Collection,, 2012.
Edition: Blu-ray.
ISBN: 9781604654813
1604654813
Branch Call Number: BLU FEATURE BRA
Characteristics: 2 Blu-ray Discs (142 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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loella
Jan 11, 2021

I missed Brazil when it came out, and that seems to have been a mistake. What was then greeted with rapture as a satiric dystopia may still be that, but it is also vastly too long and show-offish. Most of it is shot with director Gilliam's habitual telescoping lenses of one sort or another, all of which render the image as something looked at through an optical spiral. It is also rife with references to classic movies. The sets blatantly index Lang's Metropolis, Welles' Citizen Kane and Lady from Shanghai, Cameron Menzies' Things to Come, and the Fleischer Studios' Superman cartoons. One shot in which armed guards march down a broad exterior staircase is a plain steal from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin. Costumery is early 1940s a la Casablanca. Even more than old movies, Brazil steals from comic books in composition, perspective, lighting, and cross-cutting; along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, it's one of the most comic-book-like of '80s movies, not least (or precisely) because the hero's airborne dream sequences of himself as Dedalus pursuing the illusive woman who proves to be a "terrorist" in the film's real world are obviously concocted. Of course, the characters are all caricatures; we would expect nothing else from Gilliam. But it's a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing in particular, for Orwell's 1984--coincidentally made into a (better) movie the same year as Brazil--is a more trenchant critique of government bureaucracy and one that has a heart, as well. Gilliam fans are right to admire Brazil, but they don't convince me that the rest of us are obliged to more than respect it. P.S. The music, except for the lavishly used swing samba that gives the film its title, is mostly dreadful, warning us of all the swollen, loud, brass-driven score that has served one action movie after another, live-action, animated, or both, ever since. --Ray Olson

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jim14green98
May 21, 2020

I love it when movies become documentaries! ;)

WARNING! At least in the Tulsa Public Library, the comments for the Terry Gilliam movie, "Brazil," and the Michael Palin travelogue, "Brazil," all appear in the entries for both movies. Maybe it's because Michael Palin is in both of them. But, they are two different DVDs.

Having said that, I tell you flatly that Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" is one of the ten best movies ever made. And definitely the finest science fiction movie ever made. It's brilliant beyond the meaning of the word, and I guarantee you have never seen anything like it. It will make you think, and that might hurt a little, but it's good for you in the long run.

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ericbrown601
Jun 06, 2019

Yes, this nutty film from the nutty Terry Gilliam will always endure as a cult film, but if Gilliam didn't let his ego get the better of him, then this could have been a big hit back in 1985 but of course that never happened.

Sure this film has great acting set in a dystopic world where government rules with an iron fist and a desperate everyman wanting out.

Not enough screen time for Robert De Niro.

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Derringer
May 02, 2018

Yes. "Brazil" is a pretty nutty movie. But, all the same - It's an amazing journey into a nightmare world of the future where everything is a literal technological mess.

For a film from as far back as 1985 - Brazil's brilliant, over-the-top visuals are really what keeps this film's head above water for its 2.5-hour running time.

This film was directed by Terry Gilliam of Monty Python's fame and everything about this film has that sort of zany, off-the-wall craziness about it that'll surely keep you joyfully entertained from start to finish.

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akirakato
May 01, 2018

Directed by Terry Gilliam in 1985, this British-American dystopian SF drama depicts the life of Sam Lowry, a man trying to find a woman who appears in his dreams while he works in a mind-numbing job and living in a small apartment, set in a consumer-driven dystopian world that depends on poorly and whimsically maintained machines.
The bureaucratic, totalitarian government in the film seems like the one depicted in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, except that it has a buffoonish, slapstick quality and lacks a Big Brother figure.
Unlike George Orwell's 1984, however, this film definitely makes you laugh your head off to death.

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ManMachine
Mar 26, 2018

You know, I was certainly hoping that this 3.5-hour "Brazil" documentary was going to offer me a satisfactory balance between a look at civilization and a look at the awesome, natural beauty of this massive, South American country.

But, no - Unfortunately, the natural beauty and wonders of Brazil were pretty much completely ignored here. Yep. They sure were.

And, that - IMO - Lost this rather lengthy presentation some very serious points as my initial interest quickly began to wane (with what I was being shown) long before this disappointing tour of Brazil was even half-complete.

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ManMachine
Mar 21, 2018

When it comes to riotously insane, 1980's cinema - You've really gotta see Terry Giliam's "Brazil" for yourself to actually believe it. You really do.

This off-the-wall, cinematic roller-coaster ride into a retro-future is, without question, all about a "world-gone-mad" where endless bureaucracy has, literally, buried man, neck-deep, in a technological mess.

The hilariously convoluted script of "Brazil" was clearly written (back in 1985) with some surprising foresight - As its story still retains its relevancy in these times of technological over-load that we find ourselves living in at present.

Visually quite impressive - "Brazil" may not appeal to everyone's tastes - But, if nothing else - It is certainly a very unique movie-experience that is bound to draw the viewer into its nightmare world in no time flat.

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petal2014
Oct 31, 2017

I'm 1/4 Portuguese, and love bossa nova, therefore I feel a connection to Brazil. I think Mr. Palin is a great tour guide. It's always cool to learn fun stuff about a country.

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1aa
Jun 15, 2017

Romantic, comedic, a phantasy unloosened! There numerous ideas and phrases that populate this dystopia: terrorism, Christians for capitalism, walking through walls, "value for money", "information retrieval", Top Security Holidays, Luxury Without Fear, fun without suspicion, "Consumers for Christ", "who can you trust?", "Suspicion Breeds Confidence" (this could be the motto for the CIA, NSA, and any other security organization). The whole film is prescient. In the end the secret hero, Harry Tuttle (played by R. DeNiro), literally disappears in the paperwork.

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Apr 29, 2011

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Michaelpsweat
Feb 13, 2017

Other: Intense soundtrack featuring everything from harsh brass bands to dreamy bossa nova harp

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NanaPat
Apr 29, 2011

Sexual Content: very brief nudity.

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NanaPat
Apr 29, 2011

Violence: lots of it , both visual and psychological.

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NanaPat
Apr 29, 2011

Brazil is a surrealistic nightmare vision of a " perfect " future where technology reigns supreme. Everyone is monitored by a secret government agency that forbids love to interfere with efficiency. A daydreaming bureaucrat becomes a victim of his own romantic illusions and the results become a humorous ,yet foreboding statement.

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