At this most recent screening (my third time ever watching) of the film (at New Beverly Cinema) there was presented a note from Terry Gilliam, the man behind the madness. In it he stated, (and I'm paraphrasing here) "It's a shame George Bush and Dick Cheney have left office, as I was in the process of filing a law suit against this particular presidency for the unabashed, illegal remake of my film, Brazil." And if you watch the flick, you'll see what he meant. Now this is all in jest, but it almost seems frightening to see some of the parallels between the world of Central Services and the current state of our country... and other countries around the world. I mean, how hard is it to get the government to do something?
*And I'm a fan of the current administration.*
But politics aside, this movie is beautiful in scope, camera work, design, performance, score... basically anything you can think of to make a film perfect. Jonathan Pryce, as Sam Lowry, is superb. Robert De Niro as Tuttle is one of the more surprisingly fun roles I can recall seeing him perform. And with a supporting cast like Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins (that's right Ian Holm and Bob Hoskins featured in the same movie!! Brain! exploding! now!), and Michael Palin who could ask for anything more?
If ever a dream (or nightmare) came to life on screen, it's in Brazil!
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