The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Synopsis: In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells to his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Anton, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost to the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his competit
Director(s): Terry Gilliam
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 21 nominations.
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123 min

I have something very

important to tell you.

Oh...Why does everybody

want to live forever?

Immortality's a bloody curse.

So is pretending to be a child.

Look at me. I mean, look at me.

Nobody's fooled!

And I want this stupid

thing off my ankle.

You can't stop me growing up just

by lying about my birthday! - Shut up...

It's ridiculous!

- Shut up and listen to me!

I need to explain something,

before it's too late.

One, winter's night...

- Is this going to take long?

Yes, yes...quite possibly.

Many years ago...

many centuries ago, in fact...

I was, believe or not,

a young monk.

Someone visited me, in my sanctuary...

Someone I had hoped

never to meet.

Someone none of us

should ever hope to meet...

... Having captured the wind

and tamed the storm,

kept the stars in their orbit and

the earth turning on its axis ...

The Chief Steward,

laying down to take his rest,

had a most disturbing dream...

He dreamt that a hooded rider

was approaching across

the snow-swept plain.

Chief Steward woke...

What exactly do you all do here?

We tell the eternal story.

And, what is that exactly?

The story that sustains the universe.

The story without which

there is nothing.


You mean, if you stop

telling this story...

and whole the universe

ceases to exist?

You make it sound so simple.

And you believe it?

We're ordained for this task.

It's just incredible to me that

you can believe something

that can be so easily disproved.

No, I don't think so.

We'll see.



There. The story's stopped.

No more story...

And we're still here...

The fire's still burning...

It's still snowing.

The wind's still blowing.

Nothing is changed.

Come on, cheer up...

I've freed you from all

this ridiculous nonsense.

Now you can use your powers to do

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Terry Gilliam

Terrence Vance "Terry" Gilliam is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. more…

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