The existing social order and the life of the modern society is often severely criticized, but in actuality, the life of the modern society is highly controversial, if not to say paradoxical. In fact, the films “Brazil” and “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” reveal the full extent to which human society is paradoxical and controversial. Both films focus on the problem of the conflict of the individual and society, in which the society normally wins, but the position of the society is not always just and correct, while the role of individuals and the significance of their actions is often underestimated, while the significance of social stereotypes and biases is traditionally overestimated.
In actuality, “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” reveal the attempt of the main character Baron Munchausen to rebel against the existing stereotypes and biases. For instance, he sincerely believes that he alone can defeat the Turkish army, while his countrymen attempt to persuade him that his idea is insane and he cannot cope with the entire army on his own, without the support of his countrymen. At the same time, Baron is not alone in his intention to save his motherland and defeat the Turkish army. The soldier who proves to a true hero also attempts to do his best to defeat the Turks and save the city. However, he is sentenced to death and executed because of his heroism that is very symbolic. To put it more precisely, the society punishes the soldier for his heroic actions because he proves to be different than other people and the society cannot accept extraordinary people, who are different from a normal, ordinary people.
No wonder Baron Munchausen is also viewed by the society as an insane and when he tells his story no one believes him because people rather prefer to believe that they are dealing with an insane than accept the idea that Baron was really capable to heroic actions and be different than ordinary people. In such a way, the society attempts to maintain the established order by all means.
In this respect, “Brazil” is particularly noteworthy because the film depicts a highly bureaucratized society, where bureaucrats rule. Remarkably, the society sincerely believes that the existing social order is perfect and that bureaucrats that rule never make mistakes. In such a situation, it seems to be quite natural that the main character of the film is taken for a terrorist because bureaucrats have decided so. In actuality, the film reveals the conflict between an individual and the bureaucratic machine. It is quite symbolic that people, with their uniqueness, originality are simply tools in hands of the powerful state machine which is run by bureaucrats. In this regard, “Brazil” is similar to “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”, which reveal the fact that the individual cannot rebel against the society but he needs to obey to the existing rules and social norms, whatever they are. Otherwise, an individual will be treated as an insane.
Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is possible to conclude that both “Brazil” and “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” focus on the paradoxical relationships between an individual and society. The films show the imperfectness of the existing social rules and norms and the inability of an individual to oppose to the society. This flim was produced by getting loans from www.wolfinace.co.uk.