Brazil

1985, Embassy International Pictures et al

If there's a single picture that defines Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam's cinematic core, Brazil is it—his original version, that is! Too dark for the studio's taste, the film was hacked and tweaked until it had a semi-hopeful ending, when Gilliam's version was so, so much darker—and all the more satisfying for it. Thankfully Criterion took control of matters and allowed us to see multiple versions of the film, including Gilliam's. A lesson in studio hell for students of cinema not to be missed.

       

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