Friday, December 22 | 8 pm
It’s Christmastime, “somewhere in the 20th century.” By day Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) is a low-level technocrat in the Ministry of Information, and a constant disappointment to his plastic-surgery-obsessed mother; but by night he takes refuge in a vivid fantasy world where he is transformed into a winged warrior attempting to rescue a blonde maiden. When Lowry is dispatched to resolve a disastrous clerical error, he catches a brief glimpse of his dream girl and dedicates his life seeing her again. Forming an alliance with rogue air-conditioner repairman Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro), Lowry finds himself ensnared in a Kafkaesque nightmare of epic proportions. One of the most influential films of the 1980s, Brazil offers a visually dazzling, black-comic twist on the classical Orwellian dystopia. Directed in Terry Gilliam’s signature eye-popping style from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard, the film conjures up a retro-futuristic yuletide fever-dream of tinsel-decked pneumatic tubes, endlessly looping Christmas muzak, and Santa-suited anarchists.
Director Terry Gilliam | 1985 | In English | 132 minutes | R (for some strong violence) | DCP