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.
Cast: Katherine Helmond, Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce, Ian Holm
Screenplay: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
Director of Photography: Roger Pratt
Film Editor: Julian Doyle
Composer: Michael Kamen
Production Designer: Norman Garwood
Costume Design: James Acheson
Sound: Bob Doyle
Producer: Arnon Milchan
Production Company: Embassy International Pictures
World Sales: Park Circus Group
Director: Terry Gilliam
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.