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Brazil


1990       Robert De Niro

As director and cowriter Terry Gilliam would be the first to agree, his new film, Brazil--produced by Arnon Milchan with a cast that includes Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Michael Palm, Katherine Helmond, Ian Hoim, Bob Hoskins and newcomer Kim Greist--defies precise classification.

It is not about Brazil, the country, except that it is inspired by the human condition; in that sense it has as much to do with Brazil as anywhere else. It does, however, owe something to the popular song of the 1930s called Brazil

Gilliam recalls, I had an image of somebody sitting on a beach, a beach blackened by coal dust, somebody just sitting there in the evening with a radio and that haunting song coming over the air waves--escapist, romantic sounds suggesting that somewhere out there, far from the conveyor belts and ugly steel towers, is a green and wonderful world. The story that developed from that image really has nothing to do with it except that everything sprang from it. That attitude is still in it.

It is very much a part of it.

What grew from that image is a story set in a bureaucratic state in which computers can get fudged up with horrific consequences, where every home has unreliable municipal services provided by the government for a submissively grateful public,
a society in which the average man finds solace from the frustrations of existence in Walter Mitty-style sexually symbolic dreams. Yet it is played for laughs, a comedic nightmare of a world.

Brazil is a thriller, a quest, a fantasy, a black comedy, a love story. It takes place at Christmas, somewhere in the 20th Century, where late night shopping is available to all, terrorist bombs kill and maim Only a few and most people are content to put their faith in the Security Forces.

The story centers around Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), son of a late government minister and the beautiful, plastic-surgery freak, Ida Lowry. Sam is a resolutely unambitious clerk at the Ministry of Information records department whose quiet life is shattered through a bureaucratic blunder by Information Retrieval.

It is a portrait of a future so close that we look at it as if in retrospect--and either laugh or cry for help. Or both, if Gilliam is proven right when he predicts: 'People will catch themselves laughing and suddenly realize 'I shouldn't be laughing at that, that's horrendous.'

There is in vogue in France a term that gives an indication of what Gilliam is doing. It is the term 'retro-future,' a way of looking at the future through the past, of revealing, so to speak, the other side of now. But the director stresses that all of that is incidental, just a backdrop to what he sees as a lighthearted nightmare.. .a very funny film about a young, unambitious man and the girl he falls for faced with situations entirely beyond their control.





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THE CAST of Brazil


Sam Lowry .......................... JONATHAN PRYCE
Tuttle .......................... ROBERT DE NIRO
Ida Lowry .......................... KATHERINE HELMOND
Kurtzmann .......................... IAN HOLM
Spoor .......................... BOB HOSKINS
Jack Lint .......................... MICHAEL PALIN
Warrenn .......................... IAN RICHARDSON
Helpmann .......................... PETER VAUGHAN
Jill Layton .......................... KIM GREIST
Dr. Jaffe .......................... JIM BROADBENT
Mrs. Terrain .......................... BARBARA HICKS
Lime .......................... CHARLES McKEOWN
Dowser .......................... DERRICK O'CONNOR
Shirley .......................... KATHRYN POGSON
Spiro .......................... BRYAN PRINGLE
Mrs. Buttle .......................... SHEILA REID
T.V. Interviewer/Salesman .......................... JOHN FLANAGAN
Technician .......................... RAY COOPER
Mr. Buttle .......................... BRIAN MILLER
Boy Buttle .......................... SIMON NASH
Girl Buttle .......................... PRUDENCE OLIVER
Arrest Official .......................... SIMON JONES
Bill - Dept. of Works .......................... DEREK DEADMAN
Charlie - Dept. of Works .......................... NIGEL PLANER
M.O.I. Lobby Porter .......................... GORDEN KAYE
Neighbor in Clerk's pool .......................... TONY PORTACIO
Samurai Warrior .......................... WINSTON DENNIS
Telegram Girl .......................... DIANA MARTIN
Dr. Chapman .......................... JACK PURVIS
Alison/Barbara Lint .......................... ELIZABETH SPENDER
Porter - Information Retrieval .......................... ANTONY BROWN
Typist in Jack's Office .......................... MYRTLE DEVENISH
Holly .......................... HOLLY GILLIAM
Basement Guard .......................... JOHN PIERCE JONES
Old Lady with dog .......................... ANN WAY
Burning Trooper .......................... TERRY FORRESTAL
First Black Maria Guard .......................... DON HENDERSON
Second Black Maria Guard .......................... HOWARD LEW LEWIS
Interview Official .......................... OSCAR QUITAK
Cell Guard .......................... PATRICK CONNOR
Priest .......................... ROGER ASHTON-GRIFFITHS



THE CREDITS for Brazil

Directed by .......................... TERRY GILLIAM
Producer .......................... ARNON MILCHAN
Co-Producer .......................... PATRICK CASSAVETTI
Screenplay by
TERRY GILLIAM
TOM STOPPARD
CHARLES McKEOWN
Director of Photography .......................... ROGER PRATT
Editor .......................... JULIAN DOYLE
Original Music by .......................... MICHAEL KAMEN
Production Designer .......................... NORMAN GARWOOD
Special Effects Supervisor .......................... GEORGE GIBBS
Model Effects Supervisor .......................... RICHARD CONWAY
Costume Designer .......................... JAMES ACHESON
Hair & Make-up Designer .......................... MAGGIE WESTON
Art Directors .......................... JOHN BEARD, KEITH PAIN
Production Manager .......................... GRAHAM FORD
Casting Director .......................... IRENE LAMB
Assistant Director .......................... GUY TRAVERS
Camera Operator .......................... DAVID GARFATH
Sound Recordist .......................... BOB DOYLE
Re-recording Mixer .......................... PAUL CARR
Property Master .......................... GEORGE BALL
Unit Manager .......................... LINDA BRUCE
Construction Manager .......................... PETER VERARD
Music Coordinator .......................... RAY COOPER
Second Unit & Effects Director .......................... JULIAN DOYLE
Sound Editor .......................... RODNEY GLENN
Production Accountant .......................... TERRY CONNORS
Script Supervisor .......................... PENNY EYLES
Production Coordinator .......................... MARGARET ADAMS
Still Photographer .......................... DAVID APPLEBY
Second Assistant Director .......................... CHRIS THOMPSON
Follow Focus .......................... BOB STILWELL
Set Dresser .......................... MAGGIE GRAY
Production Buyer .......................... BELINDA EDWARDS
Make-up & Hairdressing
ELAINE CAREW
SALLIE EVANS
SANDRA SHEPHERD
MEINIR BROCK
Prosthetic Make-up .......................... AARON SHERMAN
Wardrobe Supervisor .......................... JOYCE STONEMAN
Standby Prop Chargehand .......................... DENTS HOPPERTON
Dressing Prop Chargehand .......................... STAN COOK
Model Photography
ROGER PRATT
JULIAN DOYLE
TIM SPENCE
Matte Artist .......................... RAY CAPLE
Model Maker .......................... VALERIE CHARLTON
Special Effects Technicians .......................... ROBERT HOLLOW, MARTIN GANT,DAVE McCALL

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