Doctor Parnassus Gets a Trailer

I haven’t been keeping as close a tab as I should have on Terry Gilliam’s most recent film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. On his own, Gilliam is quite the attraction but add in the fact that this was the film Heath Ledger was working on at the time of his death and all of sudden, Gilliam’s new project has gone from arthouse appeal to mainstream.

Rather than scrap what he already had, Gilliam brought in Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to help finish the project. It hasn’t been seen by many but that will all change when the film plays TIFF later this year, a festival appearance that will either float or kill the film’s theatrical distribution.

For now, feast your eyes on the trailer which our friends at Quiet Earth have been kind enough to share.


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Jonathan
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I love you, Terry Gilliam. I love you.

Rusty James
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Terry Gilliam is a bad director.

Jonathan
Admin

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing, The Fisher King, and hell, even Tideland say otherwise.

Kurt Halfyard
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The only film that he has made that I didn't like was TIDELAND, I can take or leave a few, but Brazil/TimeBandits/Dr.Munchausen has earned Gilliam a free-pass for life as far as I'm concerned.

Roy
Guest

WTF MR. NOSE!!!!!!!???

Matt Gamble
Guest

Tideland is freaking brilliant.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

You say brilliant. I say Ick-y, and a tad lazy in the narrative dept. and grotesque in not a good way (a la Bridges/Tilley in the opener).

Tideland left a bad taste in my mouth. (http://twitchfilm.net/archives/003467.html)

Goon
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Skipped Tideland. Last Gilliam I watched was Brothers Grimm, which I think I turned off half an hour in.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Despite liking Matt Damon and Terry Gilliam (and Monica Bellucci), I never managed to get around to BROTHERS GRIMM, I guess I will eventually, but it just looked, sound and the overall buzz around it screamed "Mediocre".

Are their any passionate defenders of GRIMM who can make a case to watch the film?

As much as I disliked TIDELAND, I do recommend folks to watch it and judge for itself, it is a strange film that really, really splits audiences.

Matt Gamble
Guest

The cast is great. Johnathon Pryce, Peter Stormare and Lena Headey are all in it as well. Problem is the story is a bit of a mess and it struggles with its high concept. It doesn't help that the film was notorious for MGM wresting control from Gilliam throughout the production.

I still enjoy watching it, but it is easily Gilliam's weakest film.

Jonas
Guest

The only issue I hade with the Brothers Grimm is the shoddy CGI. Other than that it's a decent adventure film. (but certainly the the most bland of Gilliams movies)

Goon
Guest

It just seems over the past decade the fact that Gilliam cares more about production design really shows. As much as I've loved so many of his films, I think he'd be better off quitting directing and just being kick ass at the production/visual side for someone else.