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Brazil (1985)

A bureaucrat in a dystopic society becomes an enemy of the state as he pursues the woman of his dreams.
(R, 132 min.)


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

7:00 PM

We'll be kicking off a new series this year. Two Tuesdays will match a pair of related films to screen on the first two Tuesdays of each month. Free for Members

Two Tuesdays
May 4th: Brazil (1985)
May 11th: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Brazil is a surrealistic nightmare vision of a "perfect" future where technology reigns supreme. Everyone is monitored by a secret government agency that forbids love to interfere with efficiency. When a daydreaming bureaucrat (Pryce) becomes unwittingly involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mystery woman, he becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions. [Universal Pictures]
Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro
Director: Terry Gilliam
Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy

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"[A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy."

— Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"One of those rare gems that prove equally stunning on both aesthetic and cerebral levels."

— Entertainment Weekly

"A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones."

— Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Gilliam's dystopian epic remains among his best, blending his trademark visual inventiveness with a vicious brand of social satire. Unique and essential."

— Adam Smith, Empire

"This modern cult classic is a triumphantly dark comedy directed by one of the film world's truly original visionaries, Terry Gilliam. 'Imagination' is this futuristic film’s middle name."

— Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

"A ferociously creative 1985 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

"It's a remarkable accomplishment for Mr. Gilliam, whose satirical and cautionary impulses work beautifully together. His film's ambitious visual style bears this out, combining grim, overpowering architecture with clever throwaway touches."

— Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"There is not a more daft, more original or haunting vision to be seen on American movie screens this year... A terrific movie has escaped the asylum without a lobotomy. The good guys, the few directors itching to make films away from the assembly line, won one for a change. [30 Dec 1985]"

— Richard Corliss, Time