General: Brazil (the Movie)
Tue, Jul 7 2009 13:24
I saw the movie Brazil this week-end. The description sounded interesting and is was nominated for some Oscars, so thought it worth a try. Have to say it was a little odd and I would not recommend it. For the genre, the Web site includes “comedy”. I don’t recall seeing anything funny.
The most thought-provoking part of the movie was that it was done in 1985 and looked at the “future”. The future was very 1984’ish with people literally getting “bagged” and arrested with no rights.
It seemed like only the government information division had computers, and everyone was drowning in paperwork. (In one of the scenes Robert DeNero literally gets buried in paperwork.)
The government offices were the size of a broom closet and desks were shared through a hole in the wall between two offices. Phones were like a small switch board with jacks to plug in to different holes.
Everything in the home seemed to be automated, making toast and coffee in the morning, for example. This was achieved through massive ducting. There were ducts everywhere. The movie started with an advertisement to improve the look of your exposed ducting to match your room’s interior design. I guess we all need to be thankful for Moore’s Law!
Bottom line, give it a miss.