Give my best to Alison and the twins. Triplets. Triplets? My how time flies - Brazil (motion picture)
When the air conditioning on our floor at work went out the other day, they brought in this weird unit to blow cool air until it got fixed. It was quite a contraption with hoses sticking out of it that reminded me of Brazil, Terry Gilliam's 1985 film set in a dystopian near-future of an indeterminate year of the 21st century in a nameless authoritarian European city.
I hadn't realized it's been over 30 years that I had it on VHS and watched it numerous times with some of my dearest friends. Visually it's Blade Runner, steampunk and Big Brother all rolled up.
There's a street scene where Sam Lowry, a mild mannered man, who works at Central Services, only wants to follow the rules and get his air conditioning fixed, pulls up to the front of his building (the set design of this film is crazy). In the background is a poster used in one of my favorite Margaret Bourke-White photos. In her pic, it's used as the backdrop of a food line during the Louisville flood of 1933. This cements my love for this film as I have a huge copy on the wall in my home office. I'll say more about her in another post about women photographers that inspire me.
|Louisville Flood, 1933, Margaret Bourke-White|
If you consider yourself a Sci-Fi buff and haven't seen it, do so immediately. If you have, it's probably been a long time and wouldn't hurt to check it out again. I certainly plan to!
|Samy Lowry, Central Services, Brazil, 1985|