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The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

Terry Gilliam and his boundless imagination return with a film already enshrined in cinema history as the final work of Heath Ledger. When Gilliam made the inspired decision to bring in Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to amplify Ledger’s unfinished role, a work of fantastical storytelling unexpectedly evolved into a glorious tribute to the terrific young actor. The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus – the title smacks of fable and adventure, and the film delivers. In a sly performance full of his usual robust energy, Christopher Plummer plays a trickster showman in contemporary London, putting on acts with the aid of young Anton (Andrew Garfield), his loyal friend Percy (Verne Troyer) and his beautiful daughter Valentina (Lily Cole). Their seemingly shabby shows involve antiquated tableaux that conceal the real deal: unsuspecting audience members are pulled onstage and sent through a magical mirror into a gleaming, surreal other world. But it’s a desperate game. As a young man, Parnassus made a pact with the devilish Mr. Nick (Tom Waits), and thus began a centuries-long battle of wits and wagers in which Parnassus is granted powers – immortality and the ability to guide the imaginations of others – but at great cost to himself and risk to his daughter. When the troupe rescues Tony (Ledger) from London’s streets, he joins their tottering sideshow, but he may not be who they hope he is. And now Mr. Nick is back to collect a debt. Gilliam’s as uproarious a filmmaker as ever. What’s new is his stunning command of digital technology to conceive worlds previously unimaginable.With his stellar cast, vivid effects and characteristic audacity, Gilliam once again proves himself a consummate storyteller. – Toronto International Film Festival
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Directed by: 
Terry Gilliam
Running Time: 
Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Christopher Plummer, Andrew Garfield, Verne Troyer, Lily Cole, Tom Waits
Screenplay by: 
Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown

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