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Gilliam, Parnassus and Quixote

May 23, 2009

Terry Gilliam’s new movie, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus has had its first screening at Cannes (outside of competition though), to luke-warm early reviews.

This movie is most notable as the final film of Heath Ledger, and given the extraordinarily difficult circumstances this film was made in, I think getting it finished and all the way to Cannes is something of a miracle. Large parts of the movie had to be re-written on the fly, and I think a few plotting/character issues can probably be expected (and even forgiven).

Gilliam is probably not crazy

Gilliam knows a thing or two about a crisis

Gilliam’s films are rarely made easily, and his well publicised aborted attempt to bring the man from La Mancha to the big screen was illustrated in the documentary Lost in la Mancha. But even with those experiences, the tragic passing of his star actor mid way through the shoot must have come as a blow on both a personal and technical level.

He is not the man to quit lightly however – the latest proof of which is the somehwat ironic news that he is going to once again attempt to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote made. Johnny Depp is still attached to the project, but with with the enormously popular star committed to other productions, the scheduling difficulties are already beginnning.

Which, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly how Terry Gilliam rolls.