To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered - Voltaire
Слаб человек, и все ему можно простить, кроме хамства - Александр Блок
And what exactly was that effect, if I can ask? Just curious...
Volodya: I just love this movie and find it totally brilliant in all components. Of course you can find visually stunning things in other Gilliam's movies but here they work in conjunction with a meaningful story, great dialogues, great actors work, etc. And the sequence where De Niro's character gets swallowed by the paper whirlwind is maybe the most powerful image I've ever seen in movies.
Well, I guess it all depends on at which point one watches it (I personally could not help comparing it with other movies that provoked somewhat similar feelings in me, like Le procès, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Kafka, - and the result of that comparison was, to say the least, questionable). I almost agree with you on most of things you say about this film, but I was left a bit disappointed with the plot, as it had many weak moments, I think.
Volodya, you put me to shame: of the three movies you mentioned I believe I've only seen "1984" and for some reason I remember almost nothing from it. As for "Brazil", I think the plot is (intentionally) far from being linear, but I definitely don't find it weak at all; in fact I find it totally worthy of Tom Stoppard.
Ah well, probably I just find it hard to follow Stoppard in anything more complicated than Rozenkranz & Guildenstern are dead (which I really like)...
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