The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2010)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 3 mins

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Dark and disturbing, this multi-layered tale of terror follows the complex sequence of events that unfold when the leader of the Doctor Parnassus travelling theatre troupe, promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Anton, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost upon the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile, the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his competition may be a liar.
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Cast: Andrew Garfield

Crew: Terry Gilliam (Director), Nicola Pecorini (Director of Photography), Jeff Danna (Music Director), Mychael Danna (Music Director)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Release Dates: 08 Jan 2010 (India)

English Name: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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Did you know? One of Tom Waits' most infamous music videos is for his song "God's Away On Business". Waits plays the Devil in this film. In both this film and in the music video, he makes use of a black umbrella. Read More
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as Anton
as Shopper
as Classy Shopper 1
as Young Boy's Father
as Policeman 1
as LV Woman's Reflection
as Face Changed Martin
as Shopper
as Female Journalist
as Fairground's Inspector
as Security Guard
as Dancing Policeman
as Doctor Parnassus
as Imaginarium Tony 3
as Debonair Gent
as Charity Guest 1
as Smiling Policeman
as Charity Guest 2
as President's Wife
as Serge
as Valentina's Daughter
as Young Boy's Mother
as Dancing Policeman
as Policeman 2
as Dancing Policeman
as Classy Shopper 2
as Tony
as Third Monk (as Ian Wallace)
as Gregor
as Dancing Policeman
as Shopper
as Dancing Policeman
as Imaginarium Tony 1
as Policeman
as Imaginarium Tony 2
as Martin's Girlfriend
as Second Monk (as Yurij Kis)
as Diego
as Valentina
as Charity Guest 3
as Classy Shopper 3
as First Monk
as LV Woman
as Male Journalist
as Dancing Policeman
as Tony's Assistant
as Paramedic 2
as Sally's Friend
as Aunty Flo
as Sally
as Dancing Policeman
as Dancing Policeman
as Paramedic 1
as The President (as Peter Stomare)
as Young Boy
as Vladimir
as Martin
as Friend of Martin
as Little Anton
as Sales Girl
as Dancing Policeman
as Linda
as Uncle Bob
as Mr. Nick
as Percy
as Nun 1


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Film Type:
Spoken Languages:
French, Russian
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 (Flat)
When Percy, Valentina and Anton are counting money and Valentina says: "Hey, maybe my birthday won't be so bad". Percy is looking down at money in his hands. In the next shot his posture and facial expression is completely different.

When Dr. Parnassus is following Valentina through the concourse two young school girls in uniform pass him. Moments later when he's outside looking in the window, the same two girls can be seen entering the library.

At the temple a bird shits on Mr. Nick's right shoulder. In the next shot, his jacket is clean.

After Valentina is lost, Nick lights a cigarette. Between shots, it moves from one side of his mouth to the other.

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At the part where Tony (played by Colin Farrell) and Valentina are in the Gondola, there is a shadow of someone walking behind the screen, in the back, between when they are talking about how perfect it is and that they have to make a choice.
In the film, Tony Shephard (Heath Ledger's character) is found hanging from London's Blackfriars Bridge by Valentina and Anton. In June, 1982, Roberto Calvi - an Italian banker with ties to the Vatican Bank and the Sicilian Mafia - was found hanging from the Blackfriars Bridge. It has never been fully determined if his death was murder or suicide.

After the death of Heath Ledger, production was shut down for a few months. Then it was re-started when Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell agreed to complete Ledger's role. The film's fantasy premise, and some clever rewrites, let the actors play a man whose appearance changes as he travels between imaginary worlds.

According to Terry Gilliam, the last line Heath Ledger spoke for filming on the set was "Don't shoot the messenger." When Johnny Depp filmed his role after Ledger's death, Depp asked Gilliam if he could try a new ad-lib: "Don't shoot the messenger", unaware that Ledger had improvised an identical line. Gilliam was astounded, remarking, "Heath is still out there. Johnny's channeling Heath somehow. I mean, Shirley MacLaine would love all this."

When Tony's cell phone rings, the ring tone is "We Are the Children of the World," a song which is repeated at the end of the film, sung by a children's choir.

One of Tom Waits' most infamous music videos is for his song "God's Away On Business". Waits plays the Devil in this film. In both this film and in the music video, he makes use of a black umbrella.

Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law gave all the income they received for this movie to Heath Ledger's daughter Matilda so that her economic future would be secure.

First Terry Gilliam film since Twelve Monkeys (1995) to be nominated for any Academy Awards. Both films were nominated for two Awards but did not win either. Both were also nominated for Best Costume Design.