THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
Excess, exaggeration, confusion, and extreme emptiness are key words that stand for Terry Gilliam’s world. His films are filled with allegories about modern day humans and the capitalist way of life. The story starts as always with a familiar scene from a fairy tale. The con artist brothers in The Brothers Grimm or the girl who embarks on a journey alone to find out the secret of her family in Tideland are such examples. When we enter the world of the beautiful fairy tale, we come face to face with the dark side of truth; we confront things that are ugly and full of greed. Gilliam is a free-spirited dreamer who is always creating bizarre and anachronous worlds. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is no exception. It is a full course meal of everything that is Terry Gilliam. Doctor Parnassus has promised to give his daughter Valentina to the devil on her 16th birthday in return for immortality. Full of remorse, he promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to any man who can save her, and con artist Tony steps up. Due to Heath Ledger’s untimely death, four actors played the part of Tony, but it resulted in providing a diverse range of performances for the audience to enjoy. The adventures with Tony lead to fork after fork along the way, just like the world of Borges. However, it is obvious that Gilliam is dreaming of the time of Chronos. Therefore, the film has a circular structure as if it is searching in an eternal circle. Could it be that it is presenting a huge jokelike message to the modern man that says life and death are one?
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