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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
(2009)
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Composed and Produced by:
Mychael Danna
Jeff Danna

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Performed by:
The Budapest Film Orchestra

Lyrics by:
Terry Gilliam

Additional Music by:
Fletcher Beasley
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lionsgate Records
(January 5th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have long appreciated the style of Terry Gilliams' imagination on screen and desire an equally creative interpretation of those sensibilities in a genre-defying, instrumentally ornate score of restrained melodrama.

Avoid it... if you expect the composing team of brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna to overwhelm you with thematic or stylistic consistency in this work, the absence of which being necessary for the film but producing a somewhat nebulous atmosphere on album.
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WRITTEN 2/17/10
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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: (Mychael Danna/Jeff Danna) Perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that Terry Gilliam was the man behind a film involving the meddling of the Devil in the lives of a theatrical crew that in real life suffers from freakish, deadly circumstances. There are odd parallels between the portrayals of the lessons of personal choice in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the tragedy that held up production of the film for so long in 2009, but the fact that it was a Gilliam production seems to have only enhanced its mystique even further. Aside from the much-publicized death of lead actor Heath Ledger after the completion of only one third of the film, producer William Vince died from cancer just after filming wrapped and Gilliam himself was struck and seriously injured in an automobile accident. Despite these setbacks, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus received donated performances from Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell to replace Ledger in the appropriate fantasy environment of the imaginarium and, with both Gilliam and Ledger's faithful followers in support, the beleaguered product grossed twice its budget. Reviews of the film were somewhat mixed, though Gilliam's usual unique sense of cinematography and art direction (both elements nominated for a range of awards here) tends to automatically alienate some critics. The story depicts a battle between the owner of a traveling theatre group and the Devil over the souls of individuals in London who pass through a magic mirror and experience their imaginations. That owner is none other than Christopher Plummer, occupying a role that Gilliam fashioned after himself. Most of the crew, as well as the replacement actors, were previous collaborators with Gilliam, and that includes the Canadian composing duo of Mychael and Jeff Danna. The brothers had split the duties on several scores previously, one of which being Gilliam's 2006 venture Tideland. It's likely that most film score collections feature more of Mychael Danna's major dramatic scores, whereas Jeff Danna's work has strayed more towards workmanlike horror projects as of late. Both have a knack for expert instrumental research (and both have used those talents to write scores for religious films that dominated the years of their release in the film score scene), and one of the interesting aspects of their collaborations is how fluid and cohesive their combined work typically sounds.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:18
• 1. Once Upon a Time (1:46)
• 2. The Imaginarium (1:07)
• 3. The Tack (2:24)
• 4. Tony's Tale of Woe (1:40)
• 5. The Monastery (2:42)
• 6. Book & Story (2:57)
• 7. Sympathy for the Hanged Man (2:17)
• 8. The First to Five Souls (1:57)
• 9. Escape from the Pub (2:27)
• 10. The River (1:46)
• 11. Suicide Attempt (2:18)
• 12. Tango Amongst the Lilies (2:38)
• 13. Victory in the Lilies (2:51)
• 14. Four Through the Mirror (2:08)
• 15. The Ladder World (1:29)
• 16. We Love Violence* (0:46)
• 17. Top of the Wagon (1:12)
• 18. We Are the Children of the World* (0:42)
• 19. Tony's World Collapses (2:20)
• 20. The Devil's Dance (1:44)
• 21. Tony's Salvation (3:43)
• 22. Parnassus Alone (4:50)
* additional music and performances by Terry Gilliam

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