Thursday, December 02, 2004

Information Retrieval

Last night in the early hours of the morning, I found myself watching Brazil, a DVD I've been wanting to see for quite a while now. It's a little weird, but funny, a kind of surreal satire of modern bureaucratic life in a giant retro-futuristic city presumably called Brazil.

The opening credits told me it was a Terry Gilliam film and I knew I recognised that name from somewhere, some neural pathway in my brain, made long ago, connected that name to Monty Python. Gilliam was indeed one of the Monty Python boys and he did all those crazy animations for all of their movies and everything. The Python influence in Brazil is clearly evident.

Presented throughout the film, there is a constant threat of terrorist attack on "the system", but you never see any actual terrorists in the movie, except for certain citizens of Brazil who aren't playing along and are labelled as terrorists and enemies of the state. There is a general suspicion the perhaps the terrorist threat is just a mechanism used to inspire fear in the people and keep them under control.

It kind of got me thinking about the real world for a second or two, just about how the only information that I have about all those terrorists over there in wherever, has been fed to my brain through the news and media. I've never actually met a terrorist. I don't think I would like to though from what I've seen, but I guess that's the point.

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Blogger Rob Mortimer said...

I may just have to watch that then!

You should watch more Monty Python!! Life of Brian is excellent satire.

Hey, can youtell me if they stillmake the McCalliff Program... it used to be shown here in the UK!


12/03/2004 11:07:00 am  
Blogger Jexebel said...

Wow, I never would have caught that

12/03/2004 11:28:00 am  

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