Brazil

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Terry Gilliam's 1985 dystopian black comedy, Brazil. Commissioned by a returning customer for their friend's 50th birthday, we shipped this out to their home in Croatia where it was enthusiastically received.

As one of my favourite films, this was easy to get into, though the challenging subject matter of the film's tangled web of bureaucracy did lead to me watching it six times back-to-back, with several revisits to get it just right.  Properties are Flies and Printers, as a fly in the machine is what causes the whole story in the first place. I also designed the birthday dedication to mirror the full-page advert Gilliam's took out in Variety when the movie's production fell foul of Studio Executive Sid Sheinberg who wanted numerous cuts to the film to create a shorter, happier 'Love Conquers All' version.

 

"Listen, this old system of yours could be on fire and I couldn't even turn on the kitchen tap without filling out a 27b/6... Bloody paperwork."

 

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