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Brazil
dir. Terry Gilliam / UK 1985 / 142’
subtitles: Polish only

Cast

Jonathan Pryce, Robert de Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Kim Greist, Jim Broadbent, Charles McKeown, Bryan Pringle

awards

BAFTA Film Award 1986 – Best Production Design, Best Special Visual Effects; BFI Awards 1986 – Technical Achievement Award; LAFCA Awards 1985 – Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay; BSFC Award 1986 – Best Supporting Actor

Film description

Sam Lowry dreams of being a superhero. Unfortunately, he is an nondescript, pencil-pushing civil servant who must not only deal with boredom but also try to escape the influence of his authoritarian mother, who not only wants to direct his career by arranging his promotions, but is also kept young with ghastly plastic surgeries. Lowry’s life takes a sudden turn when he meets the girl of his dreams – literally: he meets the girl he sees in his recurring dreams. He decides to turn his back on his inert life and fight against the soullessness of the system in which he is a cog. Will he succeed in this unequal fight? Although comparisons with Orwell’s 1984 or Godard’s Alphaville are inevitable, Gilliam shows us his very own vision of totalitarian reality: crippling bureaucratic rules, mutual surveillance among citizens, a network of denunciations and an endless labyrinth of administrative regulations. The story plays out in a dystopia undermined by faulty technology, where people blindly hope for the visions of happiness advertised by colourful posters promising eternal youth and limitless material comforts. The film’s visuals are a gloomy reflection of the modernism of Metropolis and the sterile skyscrapers of Tati’s Play Time – Gilliam presents a vision of a city rotting from the inside, laden with steam-spewing pipes and concrete slums. Brazil melds classic film noir moods with the cyberpunk visions of Blade Runner while insisting on the beauty of individual imagination.


Prepared by: Jagoda Murczyńska

Information about director

Terry Gilliam

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 22, 1940, Gilliam was briefly employed by Mad Magazine as a writer/illustrator before he emigrated to England in 1967. Soon after he arrived in the U.K., he began working on Do Not Adjust Your Set, a popular children's TV show, developing his eccentric animated cartoons, which put into motion a hodgepodge of images, including photographs, cutouts from magazines, and famous works of art. In 1969, Gilliam was asked to join the absurdist comedy troupe Monty Python. He began offering his iconoclastic vision to moviegoers with the comedy troupe's first original film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), which he co-directed with fellow Python Terry Jones. Gilliam had his first outing as a solo director with Jabberwocky (1976).

Gilliam's status as auteur has been assured by his strikingly idiosyncratic style, recurrent themes, and insistence on control of all stages of filmmaking. An open hostility towards the studio system has complemented his criticism of mainstream American culture, pragmatically sealed by a thirty-five-year residence in Britain. While he has had to turn to his native country to finance his most recent films, he has continued to denounce Hollywood as an accessory to the 'lie' lived by American society; accordingly, he has declined the direction of many a US box-office hit.

Filmpography

1975 Monty Python i Święty Graal / Monty Python and the Holy Grail (co-dir.)

1977 Jabberwocky

1981 Bandyci czasu / Time Bandits

1983 Karmazynowe Ubezpieczenie Ostateczne / The Crimson Permanent Assurance (short)

1985 Brazil

1988 Przygody Barona Munchhausena / The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen

1991 Fisher King / The Fisher King

1995 12 małp / Twelve Monkeys

1998 Las Vegas Parano / Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

2005 Nieustraszeni bracia Grimm / The Brothers Grimm

2005 Kraina traw / Tideland

2009 Parnassus – człowiek, który oszukał diabła / The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

2010 The Legend of Hallowdega (short)

2011 Świetna rodzina / The Wholly Family (short)

 

selected animations

1968 Czas na opowieść / Storytime (short)

1968 Animations for We Have Ways of Making You Laugh

1968 Animations for The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine

1968 Świąteczna kartka / The Christmas Card (animation for Do Not Adjust Your Stockings)

1968 Animations for Do Not Adjust Your Set

1969–1974 Animations for TV series Latający Cyrk Monty Pythona / Monty Python’s Flying Circus

1971 Sen o lataniu / The Miracle of Flight (short)

1971 Animations for A teraz coś z zupełnie innej beczki / And Now for Something Completely Different

1979 Animations for Żywot Briana / Monty Python’s Life of Brian

1982 Animations for Monty Python na żywo w Hollywood Bowl / Monty Python Live at Hollywood Bowl

1983 Animations for Sens życia według Monty Pythona / Monty Pythons The Meaning of Life

2006 Animations for Latający Cyrk Monty Pythona – Perełki Monty Pythona: Terry Gilliam / Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Terry Gilliam’s Personal Best

Prepared by: Jagoda Murczyńska

Footer

director: Terry Gilliam
screenplay: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
cinematography: Roger Pratt
editing: Julian Doyle
music: Michael Kamen
cast: Jonathan Pryce, Robert de Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Kim Greist, Jim Broadbent, Charles McKeown, Bryan Pringle
producer: Arnon Milchan, Patrick Cassavetti
production: Embassy International Pictures
sales: Hollywood Classics
source of print: Cinematheque Suisse
awards: BAFTA Film Award 1986 – Best Production Design, Best Special Visual Effects; BFI Awards 1986 – Technical Achievement Award; LAFCA Awards 1985 – Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay; BSFC Award 1986 – Best Supporting Actor
language: English
colouration: colour
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