Saturday, March 14, 2009

"Ministry of Information": A Larger-Than-Life Government

Is our government becoming something akin to this? This movie, "Brazil", is an excellent (and yes, highly surreal - this is a Terry Gilliam film, after all) glimpse into a future that is all too near. Although it leans heavily on themes from George Orwell's prophetic "1984," the story still has its own voice. There are many more scenes similar to this one, but I love the over-the-top satire of what excessive government work looks like. If you get a chance to see this movie, I believe you'll enjoy it. It is difficult to figure out, at times, but that's what makes it awesome; you have to decipher and put some "work" into viewing it to make ends meet. Not an easily digestible piece of art, but well worth it. The set design and camerawork are astounding.

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