Brazil

Brazil

Directed by Terry Gilliam • 1985 • United Kingdom
Starring Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Kim Greist

In the dystopian masterpiece BRAZIL, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry Gilliam, one of the great films of the 1980s, has come to be esteemed alongside antitotalitarian works by the likes of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And in terms of set design, cinematography, music, and effects, BRAZIL is a nonstop dazzler.

Brazil
  • Brazil

    Directed by Terry Gilliam • 1985 • United Kingdom
    Starring Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Kim Greist

    In the dystopian masterpiece BRAZIL, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry G...

Extras

  • BRAZIL Commentary

    This audio commentary, recorded in 1996, features director Terry Gilliam.

  • What Is BRAZIL?

    Rob Hedden’s witty on-set documentary captures the revolutionary air that had begun to swirl around BRAZIL even before the controversy surrounding its U.S. release. It features footage of director Terry Gilliam; actors Michael Palin, Jonathan Pryce, and Kim Greist; screenwriters Tom Stoppard and ...

  • The Production Notebook: We’re All in It Together

    In this short documentary, BRAZIL screenwriters Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard discuss their collaboration and the development of the screenplay.

  • The Production Notebook: Dreams Unfulfilled

    Presented here are BRAZIL director Terry Gilliam’s storyboards for fantasy sequences that were never filmed. The storyboards have been animated and include narration by David Morgan.

  • The Production Notebook: Designing BRAZIL

    In the following visual essay, David Morgan examines the production design of BRAZIL, from its overall look to its sets, props, and locations.

  • The Production Notebook: Flights of Fantasy

    In this visual essay, David Morgan discusses several of the special-effects sequences in BRAZIL. Rare test footage for some of the effects is included.

  • The Production Notebook: Fashion and Fascisim

    In the following visual essay, which features original design sketches and research materials, costume designer James Acheson discusses BRAZIL’s costumes.

  • The Production Notebook: The Score

    In this interview piece, director Terry Gilliam and composer Michael Kamen discuss the origins and development of BRAZIL’s score. The interviews were conducted in 1996.

  • The Battle of BRAZIL: A Video History

    This documentary, produced by the Criterion Collection in 1996 and based on author Jack Mathews’s book “The Battle of BRAZIL,” reunites the players involved in the struggle over the film’s U.S. release. This take on one of the noisiest, most unusual, and most instructive behind-the-scenes controv...

  • The “Love Conquers All” Version

    This ninety-four-minute version of BRAZIL was cut by the studio in an attempt to make the film more commercial. Shown only on syndicated television, it includes all the changes that director Terry Gilliam refused to make, from its alternate opening to its controversial happy ending.

  • “Love Conquers All” Version with Commentary

    This audio commentary, recorded in 1996, features BRAZIL expert David Morgan.