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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

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A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anton
... Doctor Parnassus
... Martin
... Martin's Girlfriend
... Friend of Martin
... Valentina
... Percy
... Face Changed Martin
... Policeman
Lorraine Cheshire ... Mum
... Dad
Lewis Gott ... Diego
Sian Scott ... Linda
Simon Day ... Uncle Bob (as Simon Daye)
Moya Brady ... Aunty Flo
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In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus 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 to 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 to 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 ... Written by RubyRed, Seattle, Washington USA

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The man who tried to cheat the devil.


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Rated PG-13 for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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8 January 2010 (USA)  »

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El imaginario mundo del Doctor Parnassus  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£905,786 (United Kingdom), 18 October 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$334,183, 27 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,689,607, 27 May 2010
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Many of the Imaginarium scenes were based on famous paintings. The scene where Parnassus courts his wife, was based on Maxfield Parrish and Claude Monet; Jude Law's scene was based on Grant Wood. See more »

Goofs

At the temple bird feces lands on Mr. Nick's right shoulder. In the next shot, his jacket is clean. See more »

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Percy: Telling the truth... always a bad idea.
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References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

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Black & White Boogie
KPM 107 Track 08
Composed & Performed by Jonathan C. Starkey
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Deep and beautiful movie, requires a special mood and a bit of thinking
29 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

It would have been hard not to like this movie, since I had early previews from friends that it is boring and pointless, so my expectations were really down. I did watch it, nonetheless, and I am glad I did. If you ever watched Tideland, you know Terry Gilliam is capable of works of terrible beauty, often concocted from the ugliest bits life can provide; such is this film.

This is Heath Ledger's last film, he died during filming it, but his character is not the main one, just the extra ingredient needed to take all the important ones out of their equilibrium state. Because of this tragedic death, other actors came to fill up the role, such as Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell.

And still, the important character, the Faust that can't keep himself from betting with a mischievous devil that isn't even very unfriendly, is Christopher Plummer's, who played marvelously at his age of 81. I loved the way the devil was toying with him, addicted to playing games that he didn't want to win in the end so that he keeps playing. The visuals were great, the atmosphere both miraculous and brooding, but rarely in the same time. And Lily Cole was cute and sexy as hell.

Bottom line: a weird film that you need to think about to get at his many hidden meanings, with beautiful imaginative imagery and great actors. What is not to like?


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