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Widely believed to be Terry Gilliam's best film, Brazil's brilliantly imaginative vision of a retro-futuristic bureaucracy has had a lasting influence on genre cinema. Exploring its complex history and relationship with other dystopias, Paul McAuley explains why this satire on the unchecked power of the state is more relevant than ever.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 135 x 190 x 7.62mm | 176.9g
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2014 ed.
  • 96 p.
  • 1844577945
  • 9781844577941
  • 665,757

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When the American distributors of Brazil (1985) saw the European cut of Terry Gilliam's film, they raved about its visual brilliance but demanded extensive cuts. Gilliam's successful guerrilla battle to preserve the integrity of his film became the stuff of Hollywood legend, and Brazil is now acclaimed as one of the best science fiction films of the last thirty years - and the key film in Gilliam'sstoried career. Paul McAuley traces Brazil's production and critical reception, analyses its retro-futuristic imagery and inventive sequences, and unpicks the narrative's intricate web of accident, coincidence and allusion. Exploring themes such as the costs of colluding with authority and the power and uses of fantasy, a recurring motif in Gilliam's films, McAuley considers the film's relationship with the dystopian trend that dominated the science fiction film genre of the 1970s and 80s. He shows how its satire on mindless consumerism and the unchecked powers of the state remains more relevant than ever today. This special edition features original cover artwork by Peter Strain.
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Table of contents

Brazil'.- Conclusion.- Notes.- Credits.- Bibliography.
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Review quote

An astute reading of the film and its significance in dystopian cinema. -- Good Book Guide
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About Paul McAuley

PAUL MCAULEY is the Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of crime and science fiction novels, including Pasquale's Angel (1994), Fairyland (1995), Whole Wide World (2001), White Devils (2004), The Quiet War (2008) and Evening's Empires (2013).
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