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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Cast: Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Heath Ledger, more...
Director: Terry Gilliam
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Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Genre: Science Fiction , Fantasy
Running Time: 123 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his extraordinary "Imaginarium", a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom.

Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick. Valentina is now rapidly approaching this "coming of age" milestone and Dr. Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr. Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr. Parnassus promises his daughter's hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles  and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all!

GreenCine Daily PODCAST: Terry Gilliam is most widely recognized today as the mischievous auteur behind such hallucinatory, darkly comic fantasies as Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and 12 Monkeys. His latest flight of surreal whimsy is The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, credited with love as "a film from Heath Ledger and friends" since star Ledger unforeseeably died during its production. Sitting down with Gilliam in New York, Aaron promised to talk sparingly about Ledger's death ("Good," Gilliam joked, "He's boring anyway.") so that they'd have more time to discuss the devilishly entertaining Tom Waits, why working with his producer was "child abuse," the lost projects he's most frustrated about, and all he really wants for Christmas. Listen to the podcast. Full article >>.

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