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THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS

 

Director_ Terry Gilliam
 
USA, Canada, France, UK 2009 122min 35mm color feature
Review

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?

CREDIT
  • DirectorTerry Gilliam
  • ProducerAmy Gilliam, Terry Gilliam, Samuel Hadida, William Vince
  • CinematographyNicola Pecorini
  • MusicJeff Danna Mychael Danna
  • EditorMick Audsley
  • Art DirectorDan Hermansen, Denis Schnegg
CastHeath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell
DIRECTOR
Terry Gilliam
 
Born in 1940 in Minnesota, USA. Gilliam is a screenwriter, director, animator, actor and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. He is the only "Python" not born in Britain, but he gained British citizenship in 1968. He was first known for the bizarre animation sequences in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) in which in used cutout pictures and photographs. He is also known for directing several films including Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen(1989) and The Fisher King (1991).
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