Brazil

One thing's certain after watching Terry Gilliam's phantasmagoric Brazil(1985): You will forever after reconsider cosmetic surgery. Once you see the ever-increasingly torturous procedures Katherine Helmond is put through in order to stay eternally young, especially when her skin is stretched like Silly Putty, you'll have a lot more sympathy for high-maintenance socialites. An original member of the great Monty Python comedy troupe, Gilliam, who was responsible for the British TV show's surreal cutout animations, slipped easily into making movies. But his fairy-tale style with its sumptuous visual overload usually swamped his scripts (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; a still-unfinished Don Quixote). Brazil is the perfect fit, though, since it's a hallucinogenic takeoff of Orwell's 1984, and its low-tech sci-fi future looks a lot like today. Minor bureaucratic functionary Jonathan Pryce, smothering under miles of conduits and file cabinets, searches for freedom and the woman of his dreams until the government steps in to end his anarchy. Sad irony is the order of the day. Look for Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins and Python alumnus Michael Palin. Ary Barroso's wonderful title song, made internationally famous in Disney's Saludos Amigos (1942), is given new life under Gilliam's extremely wry treatment.

11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Landmark River Oaks, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-524-2175 or visit landmarktheatres.com. $10.
Fri., April 5, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., April 6, 11:55 p.m., 2013

 
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