Analysis Of Terry Gilliam 's Brazil Essay

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Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985) gives a dark yet comedic insight into a dystopian future in which society has faced a great increased in crime and wage inequality, and in which a strict bureaucracy (commonly referred to as ‘the ministry’) permeates all social institutions. The film follows a Bureaucrat, Sam Lowry, who is portrayed as vivid dreamer, yet is trapped in a cold and strictly organized society. Early in the film, an innocent man is taken from his home and charged as a terrorist due to a small technical error on his government files, showing the audience the extent of the ministry’s control over the private sphere. Upon being assigned by the ministry to investigate the error, Sam’s path becomes entangled with a woman (Jill, the wrongfully convicted man’s neighbour who achieved terrorist status upon reporting the error) with a similar goal as him. Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, reflects themes of modern surveillance theory through its dystopian portrayal of totalitarian bureaucracy. The film explores the how an increased emphasis on information and bureaucratic process has implications on social organization, self-identity and one’s perception of reality. The first section of this review discusses how Brazil’s setting and characters interactions reflect characteristics of Max Weber’s idea of the “Iron Cage of Reason” (Dandeker 1991). The second section examines Baudrillard’s ‘simulations and simulacra’ and how these ideas are present through various plot elements…

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