Friday, July 3, 2009

Interview with Terry Gilliam

Which film are you most proud of?

TG: "Brazil" is the one that will probably be stamped on my grave because that one seemed to have made a big effect on a lot of people.


Count me among these people!

5 comments:

etre-moral-etre-sincere said...

And what exactly was that effect, if I can ask? Just curious...

avzel said...

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.

etre-moral-etre-sincere said...

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.

avzel said...

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.

etre-moral-etre-sincere said...

Ah well, probably I just find it hard to follow Stoppard in anything more complicated than Rozenkranz & Guildenstern are dead (which I really like)...