Sunday, May 17, 2009
Heath Ledger's Last Film Shown At Cannes
On the first full weekend of the Cannes Film Festival Heath Ledger's last film, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus was shown. The movie was finished with Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell playing Ledger's character in dream sequences. Its director is Terry Gilliam, a Monty Python grad who is known for huge, out-of-control flicks that people think are brilliant or messes or often both.
The movie is set in the present day, immortal 1,000-year-old Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) leads a travelling theatre troupe that offers audience members a chance to go beyond reality through a magical mirror in his possession. Members of the troupe include a sleight of hand expert, Anton (Andrew Garfield), and a dwarf, Percy (Verne Troyer), Parnassus had been able to guide the imagination of others through a deal with the Devil (Waits), who now comes to collect on the arrangement, targeting the doctor's daughter (Lily Cole). The troupe, which is joined by a mysterious outsider named Tony (portrayed by Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell), embark through parallel worlds to rescue the girl. (Cannes)