History Film / Brazil

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* FascistButInefficient: The whole government in a nutshell.
2nd Oct '17 6:21:14 PM Luigifan
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: In the face of torture, Sam retreats into some kind of fugue state, oblivious to external stimuli. He is finally free of his responsibilities, in a place where the bureaucrats can't get to him: "I think we've lost him." "I'm afraid you're right Jack... he's gone." Gilliam admitted that the conclusion of the movie was the first idea that came to him. He asked himself what kind of story would have a man going insane as a ''happy'' ending]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the face of torture, Sam retreats into some kind of fugue state, oblivious to external stimuli. He is finally free of his responsibilities, in a place where the bureaucrats can't get to him: "I think we've lost him." "I'm afraid you're right Jack... he's gone." Gilliam admitted that the conclusion of the movie was the first idea that came to him. He asked himself what kind of story would have a man going insane as a ''happy'' ending]].



* {{Bowdlerization}}: The version broadcast on American television was a print that was heavily edited to remove content Universal head Sid Sheinberg thought too disturbing. About half an hour of footage -- including most dream sequences -- was cut, and it completely rewrote the ending into a "Love Conquers All" ending [[spoiler: simply by removing the sounds of Jill's off-screen death and the final scene that shows the "happy ending" is just the dream of a Sam gone mad.]] It was put into circulation solely because it was the only version that could fit into a two-hour slot with commercials.
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Sam's mother's friend's daughter Shirley

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* {{Bowdlerization}}: The version broadcast on American television was a print that was heavily edited to remove content Universal head Sid Sheinberg thought too disturbing. About half an hour of footage -- including most dream sequences -- was cut, and it completely rewrote the ending into a "Love Conquers All" ending [[spoiler: simply [[spoiler:simply by removing the sounds of Jill's off-screen death and the final scene that shows the "happy ending" is just the dream of a Sam gone mad.]] mad]]. It was put into circulation solely because it was the only version that could fit into a two-hour slot with commercials.
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Sam's mother's friend's daughter ShirleyShirley.



* CrapsackWorld: The only way to escape it is probably to just die. [[spoiler: Or go mad.]]

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* CrapsackWorld: The only way to escape it is probably to just die. [[spoiler: Or [[spoiler:Or go mad.]]



* DeathOfPersonality: [[spoiler:Lowry's fate]].

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* DeathOfPersonality: [[spoiler:Lowry's fate]].fate.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: Pettiness and lack of empathy are a running theme in the film's dystopian world.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Pettiness [[EvilIsPetty Pettiness]] and lack {{lack of empathy empathy}} are a running theme in the film's dystopian world.



** [[spoiler: Lowry's ultimate fate as a result of the trouble he causes.]]

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** [[spoiler: Lowry's [[spoiler:Lowry's ultimate fate as a result of the trouble he causes.]]



* DownerEnding: And the director wishes us to think of it as bitter-sweet because at least Sam is not suffering anymore.

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* DownerEnding: And the director wishes us to think of it as bitter-sweet bittersweet because at least Sam is not suffering anymore.



* {{Dystopia}}: The bureaucracy has grown so large and unwieldy that it has taken over all aspects of modern life and nothing works right. No one bothers to fix problems or help people because it's not their responsibility. The state has become tyrannical, but is so incompetent that it assassinates the wrong people based on typos. It's also implied that the terrorists fighting the government are really just fictions created by the government to hide its own screw-ups.
* DystopiaIsHard: The system is paper-thin and inefficient. Unfortunately, the populace is too moronic, cowed and conformist to do anything about it.
** In some senses also an inversion: much of the dystopia in fact ''arises'' from how inefficient, error prone and incompetent the system is.

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* {{Dystopia}}: The bureaucracy has grown so large and unwieldy that it has taken over all aspects of modern life and nothing works right. No one bothers to fix problems or help people because [[BystanderSyndrome it's not their responsibility.responsibility]]. The state has become tyrannical, but is so incompetent that it assassinates the wrong people based on typos. It's also implied that the terrorists fighting the government are really just fictions created by the government to hide its own screw-ups.
* DystopiaIsHard: The system is paper-thin and inefficient. Unfortunately, the populace is too moronic, cowed cowed, and conformist to do anything about it.
** In some senses senses, also an inversion: much of the dystopia in fact ''arises'' from how inefficient, error prone error-prone, and incompetent the system is.



* FastRoping: The Ministry Of Information troops crash into Mr. Buttle's living room through the windows on ropes, through the door and through a hole sliced through the ceiling.

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* FastRoping: The Ministry Of Information troops crash into Mr. Buttle's living room through the windows on ropes, through the door door, and through a hole sliced through the ceiling.



* GenreDeconstruction: Of sci-fi {{Dystopia}} works. The world of Brazil is terrible but not malevolent, just run down. The hero who tries to free himself does so with abandon and brings about his and his love interest's downfall.

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* GenreDeconstruction: Of sci-fi {{Dystopia}} works. The world of Brazil is terrible but not malevolent, just run down.run-down. The hero who tries to free himself does so with abandon and brings about his and his love interest's downfall.



* GoneHorriblyRight: A rare and brief heroic example. When Sam decides to rebel against the bureaucracy, he attempts to help a terrorist to evade arrest, only to witness a bomb attack. The terrorist he's been assisting [[spoiler: isn't one, and points out the horrific carnage around them, telling him he needs to help the people hurt.]]

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* GoneHorriblyRight: A rare and brief heroic example. When Sam decides to rebel against the bureaucracy, he attempts to help a terrorist to evade arrest, only to witness a bomb attack. The terrorist he's been assisting [[spoiler: isn't [[spoiler:isn't one, and points out the horrific carnage around them, telling him he needs to help the people hurt.]]hurt]].



* LudicrousGibs: [[spoiler: The end result of Alma's plastic surgeries.]]

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* LudicrousGibs: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The end result of Alma's plastic surgeries.]]



** Played straight: Mrs. Ida Lowry regenerates to the point where her last appearance is played by a different actress[[note]]And not just any actress: her body double is actually Kim Greist, which means she ends up with ''Jill'''s face.[[/note]] -- although it could be argued that was fever-induced.
** Subverted: Alma Terrain is promised this, but deteriorates instead, to the point of [[spoiler: LudicrousGibs]].

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** Played straight: Mrs. Ida Lowry regenerates to the point where her last appearance is played by a different actress[[note]]And not just any actress: her body double is actually Kim Greist, which means she ends up with ''Jill'''s face.[[/note]] face[[/note]] -- although it could be argued that was fever-induced.
** Subverted: Alma Terrain is promised this, but deteriorates instead, to the point of [[spoiler: LudicrousGibs]].[[spoiler:LudicrousGibs]].



* NightmareRetardant: On purpose. A TortureTechnician in a grimy baby mask would be terrifying if [[spoiler:he wasn't moaning and hesitant over having to interrogate one of his best friends, going so far as to find a tool that will hurt the least. It's implied that Jack even does something to Sam to evoke this trope more directly, rendering him braindead so he won't have to suffer much in the way of real pain or terror.]]
* NoodleImplements: ... and there is also a super bouncy ball and pacifier...

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* NightmareRetardant: On purpose. A TortureTechnician in a grimy baby mask would be terrifying if [[spoiler:he wasn't moaning and hesitant over having to interrogate one of his best friends, going so far as to find a tool that will hurt the least. It's implied that Jack even does something to Sam to evoke this trope more directly, rendering him braindead so he won't have to suffer much in the way of real pain or terror.]]
terror]].
* NoodleImplements: ... and there is also a super bouncy ball and pacifier...



* OneNationUnderCopyright: Not always appreciated by audiences due to the VastBureaucracy and gross inefficiency of the system, but Central Services behaves both as totalitarian government and corporate monopoly, which is why the likes of Tuttle are the enemy- he's the competition.

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* OneNationUnderCopyright: Not always appreciated by audiences due to the VastBureaucracy and gross inefficiency of the system, but Central Services behaves both as totalitarian government and corporate monopoly, which is why the likes of Tuttle are the enemy- enemy -- he's the competition.



* PovertyFood: Everyone eats sludge and/or goo. In high class Fine Dining restaurants they provide a picture of a good meal with the sludge, to show what you are theoretically eating.

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* PovertyFood: Everyone eats sludge and/or goo. In high class high-class Fine Dining restaurants restaurants, they provide a picture of a good meal with the sludge, to show what you are theoretically eating.



* PunchClockVillain: All of the villains and stooges in the film are essentially punch clock villains. They're simply apathetic cogs in a merciless and out of control bureaucratic machine. Jack, the white-collar torturer who brings his kids to the office, is a notable example.

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* PunchClockVillain: All of the villains and stooges in the film are essentially punch clock villains. They're simply apathetic cogs in a merciless and out of control out-of-control bureaucratic machine. Jack, the white-collar torturer who brings his kids to the office, is a notable example.



* ReCut: There are at least three different versions - the original 142 minutes European release, a shorter 132-minutes prepared by Creator/TerryGilliam for the American release and the "Love Conquers All" version.

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* ReCut: There are at least three different versions - -- the original 142 minutes European release, a shorter 132-minutes prepared by Creator/TerryGilliam for the American release release, and the "Love Conquers All" version.



* VillainHasAPoint: While they open the film by arresting an innocent man because of a clerical error, the government has a credible reason for wanting to [[spoiler:arrest Sam due to the long list of actual crimes he commits over the course of the movie.]]

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* VillainHasAPoint: While they open the film by arresting an innocent man because of a clerical error, the government has a credible reason for wanting to [[spoiler:arrest Sam due to the long list of actual crimes he commits over the course of the movie.]]movie]].



* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: {{Played with}}. Any time that any act that can be classified as freedom fighting is shown, it is made clear that innocent people are still getting hurt and killed, and ultimately harms the public more than the society. The only time the freedom fighting is portrayed positively is at the end [[spoiler:(and that all happens within Sam's head, which would likely filter the actions in a positive light). Also, by the end the film implies that there aren't any terrorists at all, and the explosions are just the machinery malfunctioning as usual.]]

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: {{Played with}}. Any time that any act that can be classified as freedom fighting is shown, it is made clear that innocent people are still getting hurt and killed, and ultimately harms the public more than the society. The only time the freedom fighting is portrayed positively is at the end [[spoiler:(and that all happens within Sam's head, which would likely filter the actions in a positive light). Also, by the end end, the film implies that there aren't any terrorists at all, and the explosions are just the machinery malfunctioning as usual.]]
16th Jul '17 4:11:30 PM ClintEastwood
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* MrImagination. Sam Lowry.

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* MrImagination. Sam Lowry.Lowry has a vivid dreamlife which he thinks about during his waking life. Specifically Jill.


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* WrenchWench: Jill drives a truck for a living and wears a grimy pair of overalls.
16th Jul '17 3:59:59 PM ClintEastwood
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* ActionGirl: Jill rescues Sam with her truck.



* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Sam Lowry and his timid boss.
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: {{Deconstructed}} with Lowry.

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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Sam This should go without saying, but Lowry somehow manages to up the ante by showing his job to be nothing more than filing each and his timid boss.
every one of the formats and reports ranging from simple formalities to outright annihilation orders as well as the government's punching bag when things like paperwork go awry.
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: {{Deconstructed}} with Lowry.Lowry and his ordeal through the Ministry of Information. His everyday consists of having to go back and forth asking what he has to do without getting a clear answer from anyone since "it's not their department" and they're real busy themselves, constantly seeing people being taken for [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Information Retrieval]] for everyday procedures and having to turn a blind eye to most things going on. And it's not like he is exempt from the ministry's ire. God help him when he gets unavoidably tangled in the toils of Information ''Retrieval''...



* PosterGalleryBedroom: Sam's has posters of movie stars on his bedroom walls.

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* PosterGalleryBedroom: Sam's Sam has posters of movie stars on his bedroom walls.



* PrefersTheIllusion: One of the possible endings has the protagonist retreat permanently into his HappyPlace as a means to escape his torture. Oddly, this isn't as heartbreaking considering the CrapsackWorld he lives in.

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* PrefersTheIllusion: One of the possible endings has the protagonist Sam retreat permanently into his HappyPlace as a means to escape his torture. Oddly, this isn't as heartbreaking considering the CrapsackWorld he lives in.
11th Jun '17 11:06:36 PM Fireblood
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* CapitalismIsBad: {{Downplayed}} example. It is more a satire of consumerism than capitalist economics as a whole, though according to Gilliam in an interview it hasn't stopped some [[EagleLand conservatives in the United States]] (who are more likely to be pro-capitalist) [[PeripheryDemographic from genuinely enjoying it]] and [[MisaimedFandom misinterpret its intended messages]].

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* CapitalismIsBad: {{Downplayed}} A {{downplayed}} example. It is more a satire of consumerism than capitalist economics as a whole, though according to Gilliam in an interview it hasn't stopped some [[EagleLand conservatives in the United States]] (who are more likely to be pro-capitalist) [[PeripheryDemographic from genuinely enjoying it]] and [[MisaimedFandom misinterpret its intended messages]].
11th Jun '17 11:06:10 PM Fireblood
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: In the face of torture, Sam retreats into some kind of fugue state, oblivious to external stimuli. He is finally free of his responsibilities, in a place where the bureaucrats can't get to him: "I think we've lost him" "I'm afraid you're right Jack... he's gone." Gilliam admitted that the conclusion of the movie was the first idea that came to him. He asked himself what kind of story would have a man going insane as a ''happy'' ending]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: In the face of torture, Sam retreats into some kind of fugue state, oblivious to external stimuli. He is finally free of his responsibilities, in a place where the bureaucrats can't get to him: "I think we've lost him" him." "I'm afraid you're right Jack... he's gone." Gilliam admitted that the conclusion of the movie was the first idea that came to him. He asked himself what kind of story would have a man going insane as a ''happy'' ending]].
28th May '17 2:30:25 PM marcoasalazarm
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** Tuttle does repairs of people's air conditioners without any care about paperwork. He's labeled as some kind of rebel agent (a ''terrorist'', even) and hunted down by the government with all of the overkill that this implies, up to and including torturing people to death.



* DownerEnding

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* DownerEndingDownerEnding: And the director wishes us to think of it as bitter-sweet because at least Sam is not suffering anymore.



** In some senses also an inversion: much of the dystopia in fact ''arises'' from how inefficient, error prone and incompetant the system is.

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** In some senses also an inversion: much of the dystopia in fact ''arises'' from how inefficient, error prone and incompetant incompetent the system is.
19th May '17 3:01:41 AM alnair20aug93
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Not to be confused with [[UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} the large country in South America]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil_%28mythical_island%29 the phantom island]] from Irish mythology that appeared in fellow Python Terry Jones's film ''Film/ErikTheViking''. The title actually refers to [[EarWorm a recurring musical motif]] involving the Latin American tune "Aquarela Do Brasil", which features prominently throughout the soundtrack.

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Not to be confused with [[UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} the large country in South America]] America]][[labelnote:trivia]]Which overthrew their military government in the year the film was released.[[/labelnote]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil_%28mythical_island%29 the phantom island]] from Irish mythology that appeared in fellow Python Terry Jones's film ''Film/ErikTheViking''. The title actually refers to [[EarWorm a recurring musical motif]] involving the Latin American tune "Aquarela Do Brasil", which features prominently throughout the soundtrack.
16th May '17 7:43:42 AM TheGreatConversation
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* MotherMakesYouKing: Lowry's promotions are all the work of his mother.
15th May '17 3:02:29 PM TheGreatConversation
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* DeathOfPersonality: [[spoiler:Lowry's fate]].



* DownerEnding: The last scene.

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* DownerEnding: The last scene.DownerEnding



* {{Lobotomy}}: Implied cause of [[spoiler:Lowry's DeathOfPersonality]].



* SoundOnlyDeath: When the militia arrives to capture [[spoiler:Sam]], the screen goes black and we hear gunfire, likely directed at [[spoiler:Jill]].

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* SoundOnlyDeath: When the militia arrives to capture [[spoiler:Sam]], [[spoiler:Lowry]], the screen goes black and we hear gunfire, likely directed at [[spoiler:Jill]].
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