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Looking back at Terry Gilliam's Brazil

13 December 2011 9:06 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Terry Gilliam’s dark sci-fi Brazil remains one of the director’s finest films to date. Andrew takes a look back at a classic future nightmare…

Brazil is one of my favourite films. It's so wrong. It's vibrant in its despondency. It shakes you by the shoulders and yells at you, “You are not alone! But... you are a bit doomed.”

It takes a mere two minutes to concoct a dazzlingly nightmarish retro-future, a steam powered bureaucracy revealed in huge pull-backs, a superb array of set-design and props, noirish-costumes, and well-cast actors. A family scene at Christmas is completely and utterly destroyed in a twisted parody of Santa's arrival, and you can't help but feel the sudden seizure of a man from his home feels that much more relevant now than it did in 1985.

All of this is coupled with the scenes of the bureaucracy that causes this mistake. By this point on initial viewing, »

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David Croft, genius behind nearly 50 years of TV comedy, dies at 89

27 September 2011 5:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Creator of 'Allo 'Allo, Are You Being Served?, Dad's Army and Hi-De-Hi dies in his sleep at his home in Portugal

Generally, when one of the great veterans of television dies, the next weekend's schedules are hastily rearranged to include a repeat as a tribute. But, remarkably, although David Croft was 89 when he died in his sleep on Tuesday at his house in Portugal after being largely retired for almost 20 years, one of his shows is still running. A 1969 episode of Dad's Army, which he wrote with Jimmy Perry, was shown last Saturday on BBC2.

So, in this case, the proper memorial is not the screening of one of the old shows but the fact that one of the old shows is still screening – to healthy ratings and respect – five decades after it was made. And, while most of those who work in the fickle and perishable business of TV »

- Mark Lawson

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