- Published: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion, 1999.
- Year Published: 1999
- Edition: Special ed.
- Description: 3 videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
- Language: English
- Format: DVD
- Gilliam, Terry.
- Milchan, Arnon.
- Stoppard, Tom.
- McKeown, Charles.
- Pratt, Roger.
- Kamen, Michael.
- Pryce, Jonathan.
- De Niro, Robert.
- Palin, Michael.
- Helmond, Katherine.
- Holm, Ian, 1932- .
- Hoskins, Bob.
- Embassy International Pictures.
- Criterion Collection (Firm)
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Call number: DVD Science-Fiction Brazil
Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor
Originally released as a motion picture in 1985.
Disc 1. The movie (142 min.) -- disc 2. The production notebook -- disc 3. Brazil: the "love conquers all" version (94 min.).
Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins.
A daydreaming bureaucrat becomes involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mysterious woman and becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions.
DVD ; stereo ; Digital Surround/Dolby (disc 1 and 3) ; Digital Stereo/Dolby (disc 2); 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
The cheery counterpoint, of course, is that the soundtrack is wonderful - consisting entirely of variations on the song "Brazil" (Aquarela do Brasil) to provide an atmosphere that ranges from somber to foreboding to positively upbeat, all without changing the tune.
There are two big fears in Gilliam's future: terrorists and bad credit. It is never made clear that the terrorists actually exist, although the buffoonish-1984ish government is built upon the fear of them. Those who are arrested by mistake (due to paperwork errors) are then held indefinitely because they cannot pay back their arresting fees due to the bad credit that the arrest gave them. At one point, a sign held by a parade member reading "Consumers for Christ!" snapped me into our more recent past, when we were told that consuming was the secret to our salvation as a country. A young girl tells Santa Claus that she wants her 'very own credit card!' for Christmas.
All of this is the scene for the everyman, Sam, who stumbles his way into accident upon accident which reveal only enough for him to get himself into further trouble, and for the viewer to grasp the horror that is a society built on impersonal procedure.
For someone who subscribes to the 'no film should be longer than 90 minutes' philosophy, this nearly 2.5 hour film was a breeze to sit through. The ending snuck up on me; I thought it was a total cop-out, until realizing that it was brilliant and the only way to handle it. A must-see for any connoisseur of dystopian imaginings.
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