|Terry Gilliam Director||previously directed The Meaning of Life|
It's only a state of mind.
Brazil was distributed by Universal in the US who, having tested the film, objected to both it's length, 142 minutes and the ending which they felt tested badly. They pressured Gilliam to re-edit the film both shortening and giving it a happy ending. After 3 years of legal wrangling Gilliam famously took out a full page advert in Variety urging Universal to release his original cut. He also, without the studios knowledge, conducted his own test screenings. As a result of this the film was awarded "best picture" by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and finally Universal agreed to release a 131 minute cut of the film re-edited under Gilliam's supervision.1 More Trivia
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|Jonathan Pryce||Sam Lowry|
|Robert De Niro||Archibald 'Harry' Tuttle|
|Katherine Helmond||Mrs. Ida Lowry|
|Ian Holm||Mr. M. Kurtzmann|
|Michael Palin||Jack Lint|
|Ian Richardson||Mr. Warrenn|
|Peter Vaughan||Mr. Helpmann|
|Kim Greist||Jill Layton|
|Jim Broadbent||Dr. Jaffe|
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It contains moments of dark observational humour on society and bureaucracy gone mad. It periodically switches between the cold reality of Sam Lowry's existence as a clerk, and the fantastic encounters he experiences in his dreams.
CreationTerry Gilliam wrote the first draft of the screenplay with writer Charles Alverson. Alverson was paid for his help but was uncredited entirely. Gilliam denied his help with the screenplay for over 20 years. Gilliam then had to tell the truth when in-progress documents were found. In the end Alverson did not get credit in the film or during the academy awards nomination for best screenplay. Alverson has gone on record to say he has not thought much of the screenplay or the movie.
Gilliam continued work on later drafts with Mckeown, and Stoppard. Titles not used for the film were The Ministry and 1984 ½ the second one being an obvious nod to 1984 but a less obvious nod to 8 ½ directed by Federico Fellini one of the influnces on Gilliam's Visual Style.
Gilliam admits to having never read the movie's primary influence, 1984. He has said he was inspired by the concepts and wanted to write it from a contemporary perspective.
Gilliam considers Brazil the second in his Trilogy of imagination films. Time Bandits, looking through the eyes of a child, Brazil looking through the eyes of a 30 year old man and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen looking through the eyes of the elderly.
During the film’s production there were multiple other possible titles such as, The Ministry of Torture, How I Learned to Love the System – So Far and That’s Why the Bourgeoisie Sucks. The Title of Brazil was decided when they found the signature tune Brazil by Ary Barrroso.
It is documented that Gilliam was not entirely happy with the performance of Kim Greist as the female lead, Jill Layton. Brazil is notable for having the so-called nice Python, Michael Palin, play a smilingly amoral government officer called Jack. Robert De Niro originally wanted this role, but Gilliam would end up casting him as Harry Tuttle, a heating engineer-cum-resistance fighter. Famous for his method acting, De Niro purchased his own tools and utility belt for the role. Gilliam used 14mm and 9.8mm lenses for wide angle shots. The very unused 14mm lens has been coined as the Gilliam due to his use of it on the set of Brazil.
Michael Kamen did many variations on the song Aquarela do Brasil, the song the film gets its name from. Kamen also did a version with Kate Bush that never made it into the film.
The controversially edited "Love Conquers All" version was originally shown on television and then also in the box-set.
The Universal Blu-ray will be using the VHS and Laserdisc version.
Critical ReceptionBrazil is currently considered a cult film. Tim Burton and Production designer Anton Furst studied Brazil for a reference for Batman. The Film has gone on to be on many best film lists and was nominated for two Academy Awards.
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|US Release||Dec. 18, 1985|
|UK Release||Feb. 22, 1985|
|AUS Release||Sept. 12, 1985|
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