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"Brazil": The Evolution of the 54th Best British Film Ever Made

"Brazil": The Evolution of the 54th Best British Film Ever Made

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By (author) Terry Gilliam, By (author) Charles Alverson, Volume editor Bob McCabe, Introduction by Bob McCabe

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  • Publisher: ORION
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 16mm | 294g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0752837923
  • ISBN 13: 9780752837925

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Brazil is regarded as Terry Gilliam's masterpiece. The genesis for Oscar nominated screenplay to the film lies in a faded notebook in Terry Gilliam's attic. It began life in 1977 when Gilliam was working on the Jabberwocky. He had had in his mind for years an image of a totalitarian state, an image of a superficial society where dreams have become scarce. He retired to a cottage in Wales for a month with Jabberwocky screenwriter Charles Alverson and created a 150 page screenplay which, eight years later he and Tom Stoppard used as the blueprint for the final film. This screenplay is significantly different to that filmed featuring numerous previously undisclosed fantasy sequences, plot lines and characters. The original script is wonderfully biting. It also has some of the most eccentric characters in all of cinematic history. In addition to the full, restored, previously unseen screen-play, the book includes an extensive foreword chronicling the beginnings of the project, featuring extracts and sketches from Gilliam's notebooks and includes new in-depth interviews with both Terry Gilliam and Charles Alverson talking for the first time about his contribution to the movie. With its huge cult appeal this is a fascinating insight into the evolution of a modern movie classic.

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Terry Gilliam will promote Never before published screenplay, sketches and notes. The Battle of Brazil was number one in the film book bestsellers for 10 weeks and sold over 10,000 copies Timed to publish with the release of Gilliam's new movie Who Killed Don Quixote? Bob McCabe broadcasts on film for Radio 1 and is associate editor of 'Film Guide'. He contributes to 'Empire', and 'Q' magazines and has also contributed to 'Premier', 'Film Review', 'Evening Standard', 'Daily Mirror', 'The Express' and was film editor of 'Vox'. He is the author of the BFI book on 'The Exorcist'. Bob McCabe broadcasts on film for Radio 1 and is associate editor of Film Guide. He contributes to Empire and Q magazines and has also contributed to Evening Standard, Daily Mirror and Daily Express, and was film editor of Vox. He is the author of The Pythons by The Pythons and numerous other books, most recently the authorised biography of Ronnie Barker.