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caption this! image from ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’

Fun for Wednesdays! We look at an image from an upcoming movie and write snarky, witty, or otherwise entertaining captions for it. No prizes, it’s just for fun.

A new movie by Terry Gilliam, and Heath Ledger’s last starring role? Something not to be missed, surely… and now that I’ve seen it, it’s got my head in such a knot that I need to see it again before I can make sense of it:


Sony Pictures Classics tells us about the flick:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’, a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom.

Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this ‘coming of age’ milestone and Dr. Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr. Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr. Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win.

In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all!

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus opens in the U.K. on October 16, and in the U.S. on December 25.

Visit the film’s IMDB page or official site for more info.

Caption away…



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  • I doubt few people below a certain age who aren’t hardcore western scifi geeks will get this but…

    “Then suddenly Dr. Miguelito Loveless and Voltaire realized that their latest plan to get Agent James West has backfired.”

  • Or if you want a more up-to-date pcr:

    “Why, yes, Mr. Mulder. That is indeed the great horny beast you’ve been looking for.”

  • Jason

    That’s a lot of concept for one movie.

  • Hdj

    sorry the tree horned things only nice to midgets

  • amanohyo

    “Morning wood is painful! Know what I mean Verne?” Health exclaimed in earnest.

    “Your disagreement stems from a single cause.”

    “Be careful, his bite is worse than his bark! Look at the mark it leaves!”

    “I thought it was an olive branch!”

    “It always tempting to root for the little guy.”

    “Looks like our moss monster is still feeling vine.”

    “Leaflets three, let it be, I shall name him…mini tree.”

    “The tiny Shriner was struck dumb by the beauty of the wooded Heath.”

    Bwahahahaaa..haha….hm…kill me now.

  • Arthur

    What the hell? I said fetch me a shrubbery!

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