Dystopias of control_the cinematic view of Terry Gilliam, 2017

research and design project

collaboration with Eva Lolou

In this paper we analyze the films «Brazil» (1985) and «Twelve Monkeys» (1995) by Terry Gilliam. The films depict dystopian societies, in which survival is difficult and their main element is the control. Absolute and continuous surveillance, deprivation of individual freedoms and oppression of human nature are key features presented through these works. Another common feature is the constant transition from reality to dream. The control appears with the forms of containment, encapsulation and surveillance. We locate and analyze these elements that the director uses to show these forms of control. So we are interested in showing the spatial expression of control, whether it concerns the real or the imaginary space and how these spaces interact.