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BRAZIL

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Part of the seriesUNIVERSAL 100

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(1985, Terry Gilliam) In a low-tech 1984ish society, ambitious file clerk Jonathan Pryce finds a flyspeck leading to apocalyptic bureaucratic foul-ups and a search for the girl of his dreams — literally. With Python Michael Palin at his most seriously slimy; Bob Hoskins as a ferocious repairman; and Robert De Niro as a heroic electrical engineer. Brazil occasioned a legendary studio-auteur battle, topped by its designation as Best Picture of the Year by the L.A. Film Critics Circle. Approx. 131 min. 35mm.

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“A retro–futuristic fantasy – a melancholy, joke-ridden view of the horribleness of where we are now and the worse horribleness of where we’re heading. It’s like a stoned, slapstick 1984: a nightmare comedy in which the comedy is just an aspect of the nightmarishness… Visually, it’s an original, bravura piece of movie making.”
– Pauline Kael

“A ferociously creative black comedy filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention—every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight.”
– Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“A willfully absurdist dystopian fable about an impossible future that feels more like an antiquated past, a Romantic pretzel-twisting of Orwell and a nursery-rhyme-inflected sci-fi dream epic that appropriates equal parts Fritz Lang, Hellzapoppin', Orson Welles, and illustrator Brian Froud. It remains a stunning achievement.”
– Michael Atskinson, Village Voice