The savage and the banal are not far apart in this film, and that makes it all so grotesque as to be funny. A mousy clerk discovers how a typing error leads an innocent man to be accused of a rebellion and tortured to death. His own rebellious spirit is then awakened. Terry Gilliam has created a garish collage, a jarring dystopia in a world of analogue equipment: the future as a horrifying painting, not as a speculative document.
Brazil - Motion Picture © 1984 Embassy International Pictures, N.V. © 2002 Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. All rights reserved.
Meet the director
Terrence Vance Gilliam was born in Minneapolis in 1940. After studying political science at Occidental College in Los Angeles, he achieved fame as co-founder of the comedic troupe Monty Python, for which he made bizarre animated sketches. Since 1973, he has been married to make-up artist Margaret Weston. His first live-action film was MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975), which he co-directed with Terry Jones, followed by JABBERWOCKY (1977) and TIME BANDITS (1981). His BRAZIL (1985) was a kaleidoscopic dystopia; TWELVE MONKEYS (1995) and THE ZERO THEOREM (2013), which were shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, gave an even bleaker impression of the future. Gilliam is one of the world's best-known experts in anti-realistic cinema. He has adopted British citizenship.