Brazil (the movie)

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Sunny Goth, May 25, 2012.

  1. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    A few nights ago I watched Brazil with a group of friends. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. It's a very black comedy, and very Monty Python-esque - which you would expect from Terry Gilliam. Michael Palin has quite the dark role in it.

    I hadn't seen this movie in eons and I'd forgotten how dark (but funny) it was. The reason why I'm posting about it here is because the surveillance aspect was over the top, over the top for 1985 when the movie was released - and yet, we're almost there today. The incident that sets up the whole story is surveillance + a government error + the government's refusal (until much too late) to acknowledge that they had made a mistake.

    Also, great homage to the Odessa Steps sequence from the silent film Battleship Potemkin.
     
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Long one of my favorite movies. Have seen it several times. I remember back when I first saw it -- the scene in the restaurant, with the woman with the shoe hat on her head having lunch with her son, while all around them bombs are going off, bloody bodies are being carted off by EMTs, and everyone else just keeps talking like everything's normal -- brilliant. I remember thinking, "that's our future."

    Only I was wrong. Our future is more like dozens of riot-gear-clad cops storming in and shooting up the place.
     
  3. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Don't you remember the homage to the Odessa Steps sequence of Potemkin in Brazil? It was brilliant. That's where the "dozens of riot-gear-clad cops storming in and shooting up the place" showed up.

    The part that spoke to me about our future was the decrepit computers and the bored people who operate them causing an error to be made, which led to false charges of terrorism to be brought against the person (who ends up dead because of it).
     
  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I clearly need to see it yet again!
     

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