In Terry Gilliam's epically dystopian film, Brazil, the character of Frank Tuttle (played by Robert De Niro) makes a mysterious getaway after fixing Sam Lowry's air-conditioning unit.
After zip-lining from Lowry's apartment, Tuttle gives a cheery salute but is then suddenly engulfed by flying newspapers.
He battles against them but is ultimately swamped by them and falls the floor in a writhing mass of newsprint. Then, as the wind picks up, the newspapers fly apart to reveal Tuttle has vanished.
Is there any explanation for this disappearing act?
Had he intended to vanish in this way, or is something else at work? What is Gilliam hinting at here (considering the film is thick with sub-text)?
I welcome personal theories but will be signing off on any official explanation ;)