First Look: Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

February 9, 2008
Source: Official Website

First Look: Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The first photo from Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has been fully revealed on the official website for the movie. Like The Dark Knight, this film now has a legacy, because it is the actual last film that Heath Ledger was in the middle of working on before he tragically died. There's not too much that can be made of this photo, including why or where or what, minus what the plot synopsis says, but at least it's a striking visual to kick off some interest in the movie. If you're ready to be amazed, mesmerized, and utterly confused, then take a look.

Terry Gilliam is one of the wackiest directors in Hollywood, right up there with David Lynch. Some of his earlier films were quite genius, including Time Bandits, the cult sci-fi classic Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And of course he also directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. But since then, The Brothers Grimm put him in a downward spiral and he followed that up with Tideland, the worst movie ever made, hands down. Now it's time for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and I'm just not sure what to make of it.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The synopsis for the film describes it as: A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting. That explains the photo, but beyond that, who knows. We do know that there is a "magic mirror" that can change people entirely, which is where early considerations have been made as to the point in which Heath Ledger's character will transform into another actor. The film is described as "a weird, fantasy, time-travel movie", so I'm curious, but still not even close to being "sold" on it yet.

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This shot looks a lot like the scene from "Time Bandits" where Napoleon is watching Punch & Judy...

Scotty B. on Feb 9, 2008


Terry Jones, not Terry Gilliam, directed The Meaning of Life. And declaring this or that film the worst ever made is a pass-time for idiots.

Dale Wittig on Feb 12, 2008


"Terry Gilliam is one of the wackiest directors in Hollywood." Christ man, do your homework. And what's all this about Tideland being the worst movie ever made? At what point am I supposed to take anything you write seriously?

Anthony Varga on Feb 15, 2008


like any terry gilliam film you either love it or you hate it, and if you kind of like it than watch it again and you'll love it. Im really excited for this film. I think it will be very interesting seeing that the main character is played by like 4 different people. That shot also looks like when they are putting on the play in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

Sean on Jun 24, 2009

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