The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus
Fri 6 November 2009 // 20:00
(Tue 3rd, Wed 4th, Fri 6th / 8pm / £4/3/2TTT)
(Terry Gilliam / UK / 2009 / 123 minutes / Cert 12A)
One of the most talked-about films of recent years, Terry Gilliam’s THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is a spectacular modern-day fantasy adventure. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) 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. The travelling magician ambition has caused him to enter a number of deals with the devil, one of them being to trade immortality for his daughter (Lily Cole) on her 16th birthday.
A guaranteed feast for the senses, the alternate realities Gilliam spins will be more than familiar to fans of TIME BANDITS and BRAZIL. The film is a fitting epitaph to Heath Ledger, whose character is also ably portrayed in its transformative states by Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp. An extra treat is the larger than life turn from Tom Waits as the devil.