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Brazil (1985)

  • Starring: Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro
  • Director: Terry Gilliam
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 132 min.

This winter, the Final Friday at Mother’s series moves indoors right here to the Moxie. Since space is a wee bit tighter here than at Mother’s backyard, we will be stretching the screenings over three nights. For each of these movies, Mother’s will be sending us a special keg to tap. Welcome to Mondo with Mother’s!

Film Summary: 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. When a daydreaming bureaucrat (Pryce) becomes unwittingly involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mystery woman, he becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions. [Universal Pictures]

"This modern cult classic is a triumphantly dark comedy directed by one of the film world's truly original visionaries, Terry Gilliam. "Imagination" is this futuristic film’s middle name."
- Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A ferociously creative 1985 black comedy filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention--every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight."
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of those rare gems that prove equally stunning on both aesthetic and cerebral levels."
- Entertainment Weekly
"It's a glimmering hunk of fractured brilliance riddled with Orwellian paranoia encased in a production design seemingly pieced together from the shared dreams of Franz Kakfa and Salvador Dali, and shot from cruelly low angles."
- Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner
"There is not a more daft, more original or haunting vision to be seen on American movie screens this year... A terrific movie has escaped the asylum without a lobotomy. The good guys, the few directors itching to make films away from the assembly line, won one for a change."
- Richard Corliss, Time
"[A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones."
- Janet Maslin, New York Times