DVD - 1998
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A daydreaming bureaucrat becomes involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mysterious woman and becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions.
A bitter parable for the information age pits the imagination of a common man versus the oppressive storm troopers of the Ministry of Information.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c1998.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780783225906
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (143 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feb 13, 2017

A beautiful romantic story in which a young proffessional finds his way in a thriving capital society. With a strong appreciation for success this film is a model for the do's and dont's when entering the business world AKA the fast lane

Aug 12, 2016

Simply put, this film is sheer brilliance. And as a follow-up to Time Bandits, I don't think anyone would be surprised ...

As many would agreed, to say that Terry Gilliam successfully (and accurately) predicted the bureaucratic nightmare of the future so many years ago would be an understatement. However, that he was able to do so with such humour is only an added bonus.

What a cinematic triumph !

kevfarley Jun 11, 2015

The reviews below are for a different film called "Brazil" !!?

The BBC "Brazil", with Michael Palin, is a wonderful extensive travalog about a facinating country,.. made by a charming narrator with years of travel film experience.

May 26, 2015

I picked this up because I saw the name Robert DeNiro . I fear it is not a film that he looks back on with pride.
I told myself a while ago that anything written by Terry Gilliam should be avoided like the plague. This man is truly insane so the movie was totally ridiculous.
Terry Gilliam hales from the quirky but intensely clever comedy of sketches known as Monty Python's Flying Circus. Now that was truly brilliant.
By the way that is also available here at Guildford Library.

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Feb 13, 2017

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

Apr 29, 2011

Sexual Content: very brief nudity.

Apr 29, 2011

Violence: lots of it , both visual and psychological.


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Apr 29, 2011

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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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PimaLib_ErikaJ May 06, 2015

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