Tuesday, 6 October 2009

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

little more mainstream than usual, but I can hardly contain my excitement!
Quite possible "one of the best things I've ever done" according to its creator, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus will blast across the silver screen very shortly indeed.

The death of its star, Heath Ledger, has been a mere stumbling block for the genius that is Terry Gilliam. Rather, the main protagonist, in a move which mirrors that of the genesis and evolution of Orlando, and that mainstay of regeneration, Dr Who, the character of 'Tony' undergoes a series of transformations, being played not just by Ledger, but Mr Johnny Depp, Mr Colin Farrell, and Mr Jude Law. As such, this should be a visual delight for the ladies!

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus 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.

Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this 'coming of age' milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate.....

For the gentlemen in the audience, the beautiful Lily Cole brings her presence as Valentina, marking her shift from St Trinian's trophy towards more meaty roles in upcoming films such as Marilyn Manson's The Visions of Lewis Carroll.

As with so many of Gilliam's movies and animations, the influence of steampunk is not far beneath the surface, as this trailer indicates!

Insider secrets from Mr Gilliam himself, from Quick Entertainment, demonstrates his passion for this project. Beware, there are some spoilers...

With a host of inspirationally mainstream darkly fantastical movies including Parnassus, Alice in Wonderland, Phantasmagoria, we are in for a real treat in the next few years. We can only wait with trembling anticipation for more news on American McGee's Alice....

The offical Parnassus site resides here . Enjoy!

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