For our last week of the Gazelli Art House Residence, C.A.R.L.A. and I decided to revisit and virtually perform Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film Brazil. It does take place during Christmas after all, although it’s certainly no Hallmark special. Steampunk and slapstick meet a surreal vision of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in this now classic work. It almost didn’t get released, or released with the proper “less than happy” ending, in the US back in 1985. C.A.R.L.A., who is used to the texture of her face being stretched in 3D modeling programs, first plays Sam Lowry’s mother as she undergoes an absurd plastic surgery procedure. Next, C.A.R.L.A. and I both played Jill, Sam’s love interest, with me as the “Jill of reality,” the truck-driving, takes no sh*t Jill, and C.A.R.L.A. as the virtual version of her who inhabits all of Sam’s dreams (but this time Jill’s wearing the wings).
And in case the tune is playing in your head as you read this, here are the Lyrics to Brazil by Michael Kamen, the theme song for Gilliam’s film ????????
Brazil… Where hearts were entertaining June We stood beneath an amber moon And softly murmured someday soon… We kissed… And clung together Then… Tomorrow was another day The morning found me miles away * With still a million things to say Now… When twilight dims the skies above ** Recalling thrills of our love There’s one thing I’m certain of Return… I will… to old… BRAZIL.