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Fantasy film 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' to screen

RELEASED: Nov. 18, 2010

Dr. Parnassus PhotoEAU CLAIRE — "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (2009) will screen Dec. 2-5 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Terry Gilliam's dazzling fantasy film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Set in the present day, the fantastical morality tale tells the story of Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) and his Imaginarium, a travelling show that offers audience members the irresistible choice between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr. Parnassus is also cursed. In exchange for extraordinary powers, he made a deal with Satan (Tom Waits) to turn over any child of his at age 16. On the eve of his daughter's birthday, a mysterious stranger (Heath Ledger, in his last film) arrives with the power to change everything. In an imaginative race against time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter (Lily Cole) in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles — and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all.

"Though 'Imaginarium's' head-spinning plot resists easy summation," wrote critic Kenneth Turan in his four-star review, "the film has a back story no one is likely to forget. When actor Heath Ledger died, this was the project he left half-finished. And it would have stayed that way if Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell had not pitched in to finish it seamlessly. If you are looking for pure mad fantasy, for someone to take you through the doors of perception themselves, this is the place to go."

Presented by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate, the 123-minute film is rated PG-13.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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JS/DW

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