Moviedrome Mondays: Brazil (1985)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Terry Gilliam’s 1985 darkly satiric masterpiece Brazil. My readers can also read his transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was May 13, 1990 (read here). What else is there to say except that I agree with everything Cox says about this film. While Michael Radford’s 1984 (released a year earlier) was very good, I too think that Brazil is the better film. For me, this is the film one gets If you take Franz Kafka’s The Trial, George Orwell’s 1984 and the surrealist humor of the Monty Python troupe and blend it into one. I do not know If I am the first person to come to that conclusion, but I would not be surprised If others have beaten me to it.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Brazil

Here is  another youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Brazil that my good friend Steve (click here to see his youtube channel) reminded me to post 🙂 While both of us (and hopefully all of you readers) love the above video, I decided to post it on here to see what all of you readers prefer 🙂 But I am concluding that all of us here love both of them no matter what 🙂

Here is a youtube video link to one of the US trailers to Brazil (Universal handling domestic distribution) with praise by critics

Here is a youtube video link to that same one – only without the critical praise

Finally, here is a youtube video link to either the UK trailer (20th Century Fox handling either UK or international distribution)


11 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Brazil (1985)

  1. I was overwhelmed by this film when I saw it on release. Some years later, I noticed many things I had missed, when I watched it again. I think it will live on, as a ‘cult’ film.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. What an amazing movie. It knocked me right out of my seat. I wasn’t prepared for it at all. Ground breaking and freaky at the same time.

  3. It sure was an amazing movie. In fact, I read that Terry Gilliam had to fight tooth and nail with Brazil’s American distributor Universal to get final cut. Interesting isn’t it? 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. I appreciate Terry Gilliam films more than I like them. That said, I like 12 Monkeys quiet a lot. As for Brazil, it is undoubtedly a visual feast, but I’m afraid it goes over my head. I enjoyed your write up though.

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