1984 to Brazil: From the pessimism of reality to the hope of dreams

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Abstract

The 1985 film Brazil has several direct parallels to George Orwell's 1984. To understand these parallels, a narrative analysis of the values implied in each vision is undertaken. The means by which Brazil resists cooptation by the dominant 1984 is discussed in light of the value analysis. The explicit connections to 1984 and the ironic nature of Brazil are seen as the means by which the film's independence is maintained and its somewhat more optimistic message preserved through a process of contextual reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-46
Number of pages13
JournalText and Performance Quarterly
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Communication

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