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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.
whenever andrew garfield was on screen all i could think was ".03%!!! that's the guy who got his shares diluted down to .03%!!!!"
***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…
L’immaginario del Dr. Parnassus è il nuovo film del visionario Terry Gilliam, ultima prova attoriale del talentuoso Heath Ledger, qui nei panni di uno stravagante mentitore, egoista e presuntuoso ingannatore. Ma la compagnia di un teatrino itinerante, composta da degli apparenti poveracci, in cerca di un po' di fama e di soldi, lo salveranno da morte certa. Dietro a questo avvenimento però si nasconde il fato, il destino e anche un’altra presenza inquietante: il diavolo .
La trama comunque è piuttosto arzigogolata (mantiene un andamento lineare, salvo qualche flashback per chiarire il background del Dr. Paranassus) tra sfide, scommesse, inganni e prove d’amore. La tensione drammatica a volte non restituisce il giusto equilibrio, forse perché c’è poco respiro, anche nelle…
The trouble with Terry Gilliam is his imagination often exceeds his means. If he were able to command a Tim Burton level of finance he may be able to fully realise his ideas but instead we're shown modest features with visible seams and wonky bits. Doctor Parnassus is no exception.
In many of Gilliam's features you can forgive the ramshackle visual aesthetic because of the stellar performances, themes or brilliant premise. Sadly, here none of these things are apparent. This could've been a coming of age tale with fantastical elements but this particular piece of plotting gets jumbled in the mess that precedes it. None of the actors is firing on all cylinders, especially Heath Ledger, who (oddly enough) seems…
Good film, love watching Heath's performance.
This was the first time I realised that spiderman was in this movie as well!
Cinematography - 1
Direction - 2
Plot - 1
Script - 1
Connection - 2
I did like the concept of this movie and the story. I found the ways they incorporated other actors into the story was interesting, however I feel it could have been executed better had that been the plan from the start. Visually this movie had great potential, however with what I am assuming was a limited budget and the reshoots involved, a lot of the visuals/cgi/effects, suffered. This didn't necessarily take away from the story, but the movie definitely could have looked better. I also felt some of the dialog/character interaction could have been stronger. On the other hand, I really liked the symbolism and meaning behind the movie. I am for sure going to be revisiting it to see what else I can pick up.
Wtf even was this movie
It was weird but good. I didn't understand what was going on half of the time, but it was still entertaining.
Just watch it, go into a dream. A favorite .
Die Idee des Imaginerum bietet geradezu unbegrenzte Möglichkeiten, die aber meiner Meinung nach nicht wirklich ausgereizt werden. Die Geschichte hat einige ziemliche Längen, über die auch die großartige Besetzung und das kleine bisschen "Alice im Wunderland"-Atmosphäre nicht hinwegtäuschen kann.
Kann man sich mal ansehen, auch wenn er sich ziemlich in die Länge zieht.
This is certainly one of Gilliam's better latter day films. Everyone in here was perfectly cast, gets an extra half star just for finishing the damn thing. I do agree some of the cgi leaves a lot to be desired
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