Terry Gilliam in full flower
Rating: NNNNNBRAZIL (Terry Gilliam, 1985) stands out as the best and most disturbing of Gilliam's many nightmare visions. This is.
BRAZIL (Terry Gilliam, 1985) stands out as the best and most disturbing of Gilliam’s many nightmare visions. This is the full flowering of his trademark paranoia – a comic-book version of Orwell’s 1984. Jonathan Pryce gives one of his best screen performances as a white-collar dreamer nearly driven mad by a bureaucratic error. All of Gilliam’s manic visual invention is on display here – samurai, anachronistic machines, erotic ductwork. He took the wild style of his Monty Python animated bits and made it live. But underneath it all lies a deep suspicion of British order – all the bureaucrats are Brits – and a simple faith in American freedom. Pryce is the film’s centre, but rebel fixer Robert De Niro is its real hero. NNNN (September 18 and 19, Revue)