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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
Terry Gilliam always makes shit movies.
He made this movie.
Terry Gilliam is a lofty director if ever there was one - yes, he makes Fellini even seem grounded and constantly realistic and focused. This is hardly bad, though. He's a man with a vision primarily, but when he lets his drifty and floating storytelling take hold it's often more exciting and enveloping than even the most clean, straight and by-the-books of narrative methods. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is his traveling side-show if ever he made one, a foray, sweet and vibrant, into his world and deeply artful beauty.
There is a story that Gilliam has to tell, so make no mistake in the often flighty and playful spins he takes to draw us in. In this case it's…
I didn’t enjoy Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus all that much, but damn it, I respect it a great deal. First, the star of the film, Heath Ledger, died tragically of a prescription drug overdose in the middle of the production. Second, at the end of principal photography, that which included three of Ledger’s friends substituting for him to complete his role, Producer William Vince succumbed to cancer. Finally, during post production, Gilliam himself was hit by a car. It’s a testament to his tenacity that he just wouldn’t let go, that he just wouldn’t give up on the movie.
I adored many things about the film; the sumptuous visual spectacle, the classic ‘deal with the devil’ conceit,…
Here's a chance to indulge in Terry Gilliam's masterpiece! A film that's made to tickle one's fantastical mind and maximize all possible spaces of human imagination.
If I had continued on with my life not having watched this film, I'm at a great disadvantage. This film doesn't only have a fantastic ensemble of actors, it also has a very fresh and clever plot that is only made more engrossing by its quality CGI and visualization.
What I especially loved about this film are the subtleties in each spectacle, and the thickness of the theme all throughout.
God, okay! Fine! I just love it. Period.
***Dinner with Gilliam - 11th Course***
If I didn't already know better, I would swear that The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was Terry Gilliam's final film. Throughout his career he has espoused the merits of imagination, and by the time this film ended, it almost felt like he had said everything he wanted to. The story, co-written by The Adventures of Baron Munchausen writer Charles McKeown, whose influence is quite apparent, follows the titular Parnassus and his band of poor stage performers as they travel around London attempting to outwit the Devil himself.
The main thrust of the film is about the dichotomy between imagination and modernity, with Parnassus acting as a stand-in for Gilliam himself as he travels around…
Bonkers, lovely to look at, and despite the threat of a potentially fatal production disaster, it overcomes it and makes the film better than it could have been anyway.
Homenaje a Ledger y mucho más.
Mas alejada de Brazil y mas cercana al Baron Munchausen, este cuento fantástico se desarrolla con una explosión de imágenes surrealistas y extravagantes pero cojea en la trama, ya sea por la falta de Legder, o bien por la incomprendida y desbordante imaginación de su autor.
Esta claro que hay que visionarla con una mente abierta y sin prejuicios, porque su humor, su ironía, barroquismo y su maldad son propios del mundo de Guilliam y los Phyton. El teatro ambulante es una maravilla de escenario artesanal lleno de detalles ,yo me quedaría embobado si me lo encontrara,los demas efectos son de querer y no poder.
Great actors for a great and imaginative movie.
Very weird, but with some depth that will be worth re-exploring
The best thing about this movie is all the hot guys in it (specially Collin Farrell)
It's visually beautiful with an okay story
Nostalgic fondness of his earlier films always makes me want to like Gilliam's newer movies despite a lack of critical or popular appeal. This one has a few interesting moments, but unfortunately is also tediously self indulgent with the absurd slapstick stuff he does that eschews any kind of narrative through line. It doesn't completely become inscrutable, but ultimately it is unsatisfying. Perhaps part of this is due to Ledger's death regardless it's too bad. I hope he can make something that is whimsical and fun again.
Terry Gilliam - more like his imagination. Love the idea of using Colin, Jude and Johnny to complete the movie for their deceased friend Heath Ledger.
I really wanted to give this film 4 stars, but I'm with many who complain of the fragmented and messy manner of plot and mythology of the film which seems to do more with the writer/director than the fact of Ledger's sad passing. Nevertheless, I think they do their best with what they have and the movie is interesting enough. Tom Waits does an amazing job as the devil. I did not expect Tony to be a tragic figure ultimately. The style of the movie was interesting and manner of storytelling kept your interest. Also the dialogue and writing was well done for the most part. If the mythology, plot, and editing was a bit better the movie could have been amazing, but still a great job under the circumstances.
The most direct autobiography Gilliam has made, and it’s of particular interest with respect to his unfortunate late career. This is very much the same movie he’s been making since The Meaning of Life, only Ledger’s passing lends the film a profound and heartfelt subtext, a tribute not only to his life but an expression of Gilliam’s creative indefatigability.
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