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If Franz Kafka had been an animator and film director--oh, and a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus--this is the sort of outrageously dystopian satire one could easily imagine him making. However, Brazil was made by Terry Gilliam, who is all of the above except, of course, Franz Kafka. Be that as it may, Gilliam sure captures the paranoid-subversive spirit of Kafka's The Trial (along with his own Python animation) in this bureaucratic nightmare-comedy about a meek governmental clerk named Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) whose life is destroyed by a simple bug. Not a software bug, a real bug (no doubt related to Kafka's famous Metamorphosis insect) that gets smooshed in a printer and causes a typographical error unjustly identifying an innocent citizen, one Mr. Buttle, as suspected terrorist Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro). When Sam becomes enmeshed in unraveling this bureaucratic glitch, he himself winds up labeled as a miscreant.
The movie presents such an unrelentingly imaginative and savage vision of 20th-century bureaucracy that it almost became a victim of small-minded studio management itself--until Gilliam surreptitiously screened his cut for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, who named it the best movie of 1985 and virtually embarrassed Universal into releasing it. This DVD version of Brazil is the special director's cut that first appeared in Criterion's comprehensive (and expensive) six-disc laser package in 1996. --Jim Emerson
This is a classic. What more can you say. One of Terry Gilliam's best works, but not for everyone's taste. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Charles H. Frierson III
A movie so far ahead of its time. . .simply wonderful on every level.Published 3 months ago by Roger A. Reed
This a strange film, but it sure is relevant today. It is humorous in places only because today's technology has a retro appearance in the film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by kntnwms3
A justly famous film. Not your standard spy movie, but an intriguing exploration. Just what one would expect from Terry Gilliam.Published 5 months ago by qalmaq
This 1980s film is about a dystopian society ruled by a bureaucracy that justifies its excesses by the need to fight terrorists (sound familiar?). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frank J. Lhota
A retro-futuristic fantasy movie that is one of a kind and a patented Terry Gilliam experience. The former Monty Python member opens up a bizarre yet clever futuristic world in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Julian Pope
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The original release of the Criterion 3 disc set was not anamorphic. Recently, Criterion reissued the set in anamorphic. At the same time they issued the one disc anamorphic edition.
Jan 8, 2007 by B. Saunders | See all 10 posts
Both Criterion Collection versions have the Terry Gilliam ending, the real one. If you get the triple disc version of the Criterion Collection, then you get both the original version of the film and the 90 minute edited to hell version.
Jun 4, 2008 by William Hoffknecht | See all 3 posts
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