Staff pick! Sunday at 8:00, join us in Rhinebeck for a special presentation of BRAZIL, presented by staff member Joel Griffith. (Also showing without discussion on Friday January 20th at 11:30am).
33 years ago Terry (Monty Python, Time Bandits, Fisher King) Gilliam organized private screenings for critics and powerful movie folks to get his dystopian vision released, and it’s proven to be one of the most trenchant looks at a fascistic society overwhelmed by bureaucratic control mechanisms.
Gilliam’s surrealistic nightmare vision of a “perfect” future where technology reigns supreme was co-written by Tom Stoppard and Charles McKeown. The film stars Jonathan Pryce and features Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond, Bob Hoskins and Ian Holm. Sam Lowry(Pryce)works a mind-numbing job and lives in a small apartment, set in a consumer-driven world in which there is an over-reliance on poorly maintained (and rather whimsical) machines. Brazil’s bureaucratic, totalitarian government is reminiscent of that depicted in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, except without the Big Brother figure. Everyone is constantly monitored by a secret government agency; love isn’t allowed to interfere with efficiency. When Sam, the daydreaming bureaucrat, becomes unwittingly involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mystery woman, he becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions.
Coming Soon: Fri Jan 20, Sun Jan 22 times tba
(UK/ 1985 / Directed by Terry Gilliam)
R / 142 mins.