surrealism in film

             The images of the subconscious, the images of dreams, all free of restraints implemented by reason or social convention. Senses that are not keeping with what is correct, with what is right. The opposite of reality … surrealism.
             This definition of surrealism is portrayed in three distinct and well-known films by three different directors; 8 ½, directed by Federico Fellini, Brazil, directed by Terry Gilliam, and lastly, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, directed by Luis Bunuel.
             Each film is filled with eye pleasing detail and surreal images. The directors captured and contained brilliant and stunning imagry while also attempting to express the workings of the subconscious.
             Brazil, was my personal favorite film of the three. This film, showcased in the year 1985, was filled with crazy tonal contrasts. It displays images with a charge that; both surprise and delight the eyes. The substance of the film along with the imagery is just swarming with details. Sam Lowry, played by Jonathan Pryce, is a small time man, lost, and ignored, in a totalitarian and immense government. His only escape from his bleak world is through his small apartment and his dreams. Sam’s dreams, which his sanity relies on, hold major themes to the movie.
             Gillam does a fantastic and fun job at directing his audiences attention to his major statements. Gillam emphasizes entirely how he believes technology is in our world today, and, unfortunately, what it can become. He continually uses thought-provoking images to direct his audience.
             One great example of this is Sam’s reoccurring dreams. His dreams are filled with both complex ideas and surreal images. In his dreams, Sam plays a winged super hero coming to the rescue of a ravishing blonde. In order to get this dream girl of his he must fight the samurai. He continually fails to defeat the samurai in many scenes of the film and his blonde is kept from him. ...

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