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Science Fiction and Fantasy
Despite its title, Brazil isn't set in sun-kissed South America - named after an old Latin dance tune, it actually takes place in the Britain of the not-too-distant future. And that Britain is as bleak as it gets - dark, joyless and run by a tyrannical government. Unsurprisingly, it all gets a bit much for clerk Sam Lowry - who finds an escape of sorts by constant daydreaming. One day, he spots a mistake in the mountain of paperwork he's forced to review - but when he tries to correct it, he gets sucked into a nightmare from which no amount of daydreaming can save him. For all the darkness of its themes, Brazil is an incredibly imaginative movie - long regarded as a head-spinning classic of British cinema.
Robin Hood, Napoleon and the passengers of the Titanic are just some of the characters encountered in this time-travelling adventure.
7+ years 111 mins
This visually spectacular German sci-fi classic (made, incredibly, in 1927) sees the rich live in skyscrapers and the poor toil underground.
11+ years 138 mins
Intelligent, futuristic crime film set in an era when the police have the technology to arrest criminals before they commit crimes.
11+ years 145 mins
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To mark Roald Dahl Day and the great storyteller's centenary, we explore his wide-reaching influence and consider what sort of films he might be making today.
Reading time 8 mins
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