This week's "Christmas-adjacent" movie is a real feel-good holiday classic: Terry Gilliam's Brazil, from 1985.
First, we're having a preliminary conversation about some troubling comments Gilliam has made recently, and about what happens when cheeky young provocateurs become cranky old establishment figures.
Then, we're sitting down for Nakea's first viewing of Brazil, and a fairly depressing discussion of surveillance states, dehumanizing bureaucracies, disastrous plastic surgery, sinister heating ducts, Consumers for Christ, scary baby masks, and whether our present-day reality is actually much, much worse than Gilliam's dystopian vision of the future.
Happy Christmas, everyone. We're all in it together.
0:00: Prologue: from Brazil (1985)
0:38: Preliminary Conversation: Intro, Apology, and The Trouble with Terry
12:05: Interlude: Original Trailer
14:06: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
23:33: Interlude: Scene from Brazil
24:24: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
1:05:40: Outro and Next Week's Movie
Notes and Links
—Movie Reviewed: Brazil (dir. Terry Gilliam, Fox & Universal, 1985)
—Articles Mentioned and Referenced: "Terry Gilliam on diversity: 'I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian,'" The Guardian; "Terry Gilliam has Some Controversial Opinions about Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo," Julie Miller, Vanity Fair; Documentary What is Brazil; "Duct Soup: The Daffy, Dystopian Design Nightmare of Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’," Cinephilia & Beyond; "How Terry Gilliam Found a Happy Ending for Brazil," Leslie Bennetts, NY Times; review of Brazil by Pauline Kael.
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