June 8th, 2014: Brazil (1985)

Cast and Crew:  Tom Stoppard (Screenplay); Michael Kamen (Score); Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Peter Vaughn, Kim Greist

What It’s About: In a bleak future, bureaucrat Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) makes the mistake of attempting to fix an error, a mistake that eventually marks him as an enemy of the state.

Why Watch it Today?: George Orwell’s 1984 was first published today in 1949.  Although the work itself has been adapted multiple times, today’s film, a brilliant but very, very black comedy/satire from writer/director Terry Gilliam, is the best film inspired by Orwell’s vision.

Where to Get It: Your local library; Netflix (DVD)

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2 comments on “June 8th, 2014: Brazil (1985)

  1. geelw says:

    Funny. I just KNOW the library here won’t have this, but I’ll look anyway and ask just to make sure. Anyway, yup, it’s a classic, but it’s the director’s cut version I’d recommend to folks yet to see this gem.

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      Heh. The first year or two David and I would figure out where you could get the movie and provide links but we discontinued the practice because it took a lot of time and no one was clicking on the links. Sometimes when I recycle an entry I don’t remember to remove them!

      Yeah, the Director’s Cut-or really, just not the version cut for U.S. Release-is the one you want to see.

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