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Netflix Pick: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

So last night, for my Saturday night movie, I decided to check out “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”. Another film I wanted to see that happened to be on Netflix streamable.

This is another excellent film that I was impressed with. I think it’s one of Terry Gilliam’s best films. Terry Gilliam is the man behind all the Monty Python flicks such as “Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, “Monty Python and the Life of Brian”, he also did, “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”, “Twelve Monkeys” and “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas”.

The story of “Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” takes place in London, England, where Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) would show an audience a sideshow troupe where he would take them to a journey into the “Imaginarium” which makes dreams come true. Parnassus tells a story to his daughter Valentina, Percy the midget and Anton that Parnassus is immortal and he has lived for a thousand years. He fell in love with a mortal woman, made a deal with the devil, trading his immortality to the youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost to the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group.

While the plot is very strange and a little confusing, I thought this a very well made movie. It was fun. It had great performances but I was most impressed with the style of the movie. It was very visual and creative. Different.

Some of you may or may not know that this was Heath Ledger’s final film before his death. He only had a small role in this film but it was an excellent performance, of course. Heath was originally supposed to star throughout the entire film but he obviously died around the time the movie was still filming. So Terry Gilliam hired three actors to take over the role of Tony which were: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. All three of those actors did a great job playing Tony, but of course, they couldn’t top Heath’s performance in the role.

The film had some unique costumes, and unique cinematography I’ve never seen before. This is a very different Terry Gilliam movie than all the others. You all know how some of his movies can be weird. The guy has a strange imagination when it comes to storytelling. Terry wrote and directed most of his movies so all of this is his creation. He’s quite an interesting guy.

If you like Terry Gilliam flicks, this is one worth checking out.

Kev

Report: First look at Terry Gilliam’s “Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”…

There is a behind the scenes video of Terry Gilliam’s next film “Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”. The film that was originally going to star Heath Ledger in the leading role but due to his death, Heath only got a small cameo. The film also stars Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Collin Farrell, Verne Troyer, Tom Waits, etc. Check it out in the link below to see the behind the scenes featurette. The film looks way cool and unique. Looking forward to seeing it when it comes out.

More on it here:

http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/2008/09/13/quick-stop-exclusive-teaser-trailer-from-terry-gilliams-the-imaginarium-of-doctor-parnassus/

This is the last Heath Ledger film, not “The Dark Knight”. This was the film that Heath was still working on before his death. Remember that now.

Terry Gilliam is a great film maker.

Kev

Report: Depp, Farrell, Law donate “Dr. Parnassus” paychecks to Matilda…

Everybody thinks “The Dark Knight” is Heath Ledger’s final film, but it’s not true. If everyone gets their facts straight, Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” is Heath’s last and final film ever. This was the film Heath Ledger was still filming before he died. Heath Ledger originally was supposed to play the leading role throughout the entire film but due to his death, three big name actors took over Heath’s spot leaving the real Heath a cameo in the film.

Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law who starred in the film agreed to give their paychecks they got from making the film to Matilda, the daughter of Heath and Michelle Williams.

More on it here:

http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/08/18/matilda-ledger-ice-pop-princess/

Those three guys did a great thing. They got plenty of money, they don’t really need it. Matilda deserved it.

Kudos.

Kev