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Be astounded by the fifth largest country in the world, from the lost world of Amazonia, to the buzzing cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, a city of 30 million, where the super rich commute by helicopter. Meet remote tribes who pit their survival skills against gold diggers and loggers. In the entertaining company of good-natured host Michael Palin, delight in the spectacular landscape, food, music, beach life and unique cultural heritage of a rising global power.
Copyright Date: ©2012
Branch Call Number: DVD 981 BRAZIL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (220 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Gilliam's futuristic society full of paper and bureaucracy was way ahead of its time (no pun intended). What's more important, the bottom line or your imagination?

A daydreaming bureaucrat becomes involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mysterious woman and becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions.

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Oct 31, 2017

I'm 1/4 Portuguese, and love bossa nova, therefore I feel a connection to Brazil. I think Mr. Palin is a great tour guide. It's always cool to learn fun stuff about a country.

Jun 15, 2017

Romantic, comedic, a phantasy unloosened! There numerous ideas and phrases that populate this dystopia: terrorism, Christians for capitalism, walking through walls, "value for money", "information retrieval", Top Security Holidays, Luxury Without Fear, fun without suspicion, "Consumers for Christ", "who can you trust?", "Suspicion Breeds Confidence" (this could be the motto for the CIA, NSA, and any other security organization). The whole film is prescient. In the end the secret hero, Harry Tuttle (played by R. DeNiro), literally disappears in the paperwork.

Feb 13, 2017

A beautiful romantic story in which a young proffessional finds his way in a thriving capital society. With a strong appreciation for success this film is a model for the do's and dont's when entering the business world AKA the fast lane

Aug 12, 2016

Simply put, this film is sheer brilliance. And as a follow-up to Time Bandits, I don't think anyone would be surprised ...

As many would agreed, to say that Terry Gilliam successfully (and accurately) predicted the bureaucratic nightmare of the future so many years ago would be an understatement. However, that he was able to do so with such humour is only an added bonus.

What a cinematic triumph !

kevfarley Jun 11, 2015

The reviews below are for a different film called "Brazil" !!?

The BBC "Brazil", with Michael Palin, is a wonderful extensive travalog about a facinating country,.. made by a charming narrator with years of travel film experience.

May 26, 2015

I picked this up because I saw the name Robert DeNiro . I fear it is not a film that he looks back on with pride.
I told myself a while ago that anything written by Terry Gilliam should be avoided like the plague. This man is truly insane so the movie was totally ridiculous.
Terry Gilliam hales from the quirky but intensely clever comedy of sketches known as Monty Python's Flying Circus. Now that was truly brilliant.
By the way that is also available here at Guildford Library.

Jan 07, 2015

This movie was strange but from the beginning I was hooked. It reminded me of books (and films) like the Hunger Games, Divergent, etc. The only thing is we see the main character doesn't really put up a fight but he does see there is something wrong with society. Then there is the ending! I wont give it away but I will say it left me in stunned silence.
This film is haunting in many ways.

Apr 24, 2014

Brazil marks the first time that he cemented a complete vision. It is also the first time he truly butted heads with his studio. The visually kinetic dystopia follows pencil-pusher Sam Lowry, who only wishes to keep his clerical job and continue fantasizing about being a superhero who always saves the girl.

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Apr 07, 2013

Basically a retelling of 1984 but in a weird way. Not that its bad.

GManBruce Dec 27, 2011

My recollection is that this flick was panned horribly upon its release ... I didn't see it then. I now say "HA!" to those critics.

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Feb 13, 2017

Other: Intense soundtrack featuring everything from harsh brass bands to dreamy bossa nova harp

Apr 29, 2011

Sexual Content: very brief nudity.

Apr 29, 2011

Violence: lots of it , both visual and psychological.


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Jan 14, 2016

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Apr 29, 2011

Brazil is a surrealistic nightmare vision of a " perfect " future where technology reigns supreme. Everyone is monitored by a secret government agency that forbids love to interfere with efficiency. A daydreaming bureaucrat becomes a victim of his own romantic illusions and the results become a humorous ,yet foreboding statement.


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PimaLib_ErikaJ May 06, 2015

"Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeopardize your credit rating."

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