While it may be Terry Gilliams greatest achievement as a filmmaker, Brazil was not treated with the reverance the masterpiece deserved upon its initial release. Loosly inspired by George Orwells 1984, Brazil takes place in a dystopic future in which mankinds individuality has been crushed by government totalitarianism and beaureacracy. Perfectly balancing Gilliams penchant for goofy humor with some profound commentary and beautiful imagery, Brazil was deemed too dark by some American studio suits and given a cheesy re-edit. Luckily, the version widely available nowadays is Gilliams original vision. Gilliams attention to detail makes this a film well worth seeing on a large screen and its paranoid, devastating tone grows increasingly appropriate as the years go on.
Wed., Aug. 27, 7 p.m., 2008