The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus trailer online
The trailer for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has arrived online, finally, and unsurprisingly it heavily features Heath Ledger.
It's a fantastical looking trailer, and also introduces us to each of the people that Ledger's character will turn into, as well as showing us Doctor Parnassus himself and the giving us the quick tour of the story. Fantastical and exciting indeed.
The trailer for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus does look spectacular, although I really would like to see it a couple of times first, particularly in high definition, to really get the feel for it. I found that first time through I was concentrating on Heath Ledger and how well his three alter egos merged with the story, although it's only Johnny Depp that we hear speak, and all I could think about was Captain Sparrow as he talked.
The trailer comes through Yahoo Movies and Quiet Earth, for which the embeddable version is right beneath us. However there's not, as yet, a high definition version. I promise to update the story as soon as it comes online.
Here's the blurb of the story from Quiet Earth:
Set in the present day, director Terry Gilliam's fantastical morality tale follows the traveling show of the mysterious Dr. Parnassus -- a man who once won a bet with the Devil himself, and possesses the unique ability to guide the imagination of others.
Many centuries ago, Dr. Parnassus won immortality in a bet that found the malevolent Mr. Nick coming up short. While few would be foolish enough to try their luck against the powers of darkness a second time, Dr. Parnassus did precisely that -- this time trading his mortality for youth on the understanding that his firstborn would become the property of Mr. Nick when the child reaches his or her 16th birthday. Flash-forward to the present day, and Dr. Parnassus' daughter, Valentina, is about to celebrate her sweet sixteen. Dr. Parnassus is desperate to save his little girl from her fiery fate, and when Mr. Nick arrives to collect, the good doctor presents the Prince of Darkness with a wager too enticing to refuse: Dr. Parnassus and Mr. Nick will each compete to seduce five souls, with possession of Valentina going to whomever manages to complete the task first. As the competition begins to heat up, Dr. Parnassus promises his daughter's hand in marriage to any man who can help him successfully navigate the surreal obstacle course that lies ahead and finally help him undue the many mistakes of his past.
Now, without further ado, let us head to Terry Gilliam's latest epic of film-making.