Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

It's very sad that Heath Ledger is no longer with us. He's proven in the later films of his last years; like I'm Not There, Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight, etc...that he was becoming an actor to really look forward to. In the middle of filming Dr. Parnassus, Ledger passes away, leaving director Terry Gilliam with a tough decision...Should he continue? Eventually he decided he will. Production continued forward and word got out about his idea to finish the film.

Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, is a stylized and imaginative story in the style of his early work, such as Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. It's about a traveling show led by the mystical Dr. Parnassus, allowing it's participants to enter through a mirror; into another world entirely. Dr. Parnassus is over 1000 years old and his only family is his daughter; who has been promised before she was born, to the proprietor of his immortality. Gilliam has stated that in the script, Ledger's character enters the mirror 3 times. With that in mind, every time he enters the mirror, he becomes a completely different person. That's where the new actors come in. Colin Farrel, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp are all versions of Tony; Ledger's character, once they enter the mirror. Led by a phenomenal cast that includes Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Verne Troyer, and music legend Tom Wait as the devil.

It gives me great pleasure to make you as excited as I truly am, by posting a link to a foreign site that has some video clips available. Terry Gilliam in my eyes, has always been a true visionary and one of the best directors of recent decades. 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Tideland, and Brazil among others...are fantastically staged, shot, acted, and beautiful all the same. I hope you enjoy these clips. As soon as I have an official US release date for Dr. Parnassus, I'll post it.

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