Brazil: A jaunty dystopia.

This week Lost in Criterion jumps into Terry Gilliam's 1985 vision of bureaucracy gone incompetent: Brazil. Before being named for the song used as it's main theme, Brazil's problematic production and release (due to Universal refusing Gilliam's final cuts) gave it time to cycle through a number of names including 1984 1/2, an joint homage to Orwell's own dystopian novel and Fellini's ode to filmmaking.

Eventually a full version made it to the public. Then another, then another, then another. All in all there's five different cuts and Criterion's DVD is kind enough to provide two of them, though one is the criminally short "Love Conquers All" version Universal tried to push that's missing an hour of footage and the downer ending. How depressing..