Film Preview: The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus

15 Oct

Terry Gilliam fans in the UK should be very excited right about now as the cult director’s latest, much discussed, film The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus is now in a cinema near you.

Well, it’s hopefully near you. A strangely subdued marketing campaign has been given to the film, as well as a staggered release schedule which sees it come out in the UK this week while it won’t be seen in America until 25 December, and even then only in New York and Los Angeles.

Starring Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Christopher Plummer, the film is a fantastical adventure that takes place in various dimensions and tells of a travelling magician who sells his daughter to the devil in exchange for a life of extraordinary powers.

Here’s the trailer:

If you love Gilliam, fantasy films, Heath Ledger or just plain old entertainment in your cinema, I’d urge you to try to get along to a screening of this over the weekend to prove to the distributors that there is an audience for this kind of film.

I’ll be seeing it in Edinburgh at the Cameo cinema tomorrow after a screening of Zombieland, reviews to follow for both soon after.

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