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THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS

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THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 122m 45s

Release date 16/10/2009

BBFCInsight Contains infrequent strong language, scenes of threat, hanging and smoking

Genre(s) Drama, Fantasy

Director(s) Terry Gilliam

Cast includes Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Lily Cole, Verne Troyer, Tom Waits

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 06/10/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is a fantasy in which the leader of a travelling troupe makes a deal with the Devil and takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations.

Language

There is infrequent strong language ('f**k'), as well as some milder bad language (for example, 'bitch', 'bastard', 'bollocks', 'tits').

Threat

Much of the film concerns characters being chased or scared, and there are also scenes in which people see bizarre creatures in the Imaginarium.

There are also scenes in which people are punched or slapped, and one in which a teenage girl delivers heavy blows to an man who is trying to molest her. However, there is limited detail.

Imitable Behaviour

In one prolonged scene, a character swings by the neck from a rope under a bridge, seemingly having tried to commit suicide. However, the person is eventually rescued.

There is also a scene in which a man is chased by an angry mob, who intend to hang him.

There are also some scenes in which a teenager smokes cigarettes; however, these scenes are brief and there is no discussion of the habit.

Sex references in the film include a fifteen year-old girl posing nude on stage during a show; however, all nudity is covered by her hair and limbs.

There is also a scene in which a man and woman sleep together; however, there is no strong detail.

In one scene, the Doctor's assistant appears on stage with black make-up, and he is mistaken as a "poor black child" by a woman who attends the show. However, the scene is played for laughs, the woman is presented as out of touch, and there is no endorsement of racism or discrimination.

Details

Title
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
Year
2009
Distributor(s)
Lions Gate UK Ltd
Classified date(s)
14/08/2009
Main language
English
Submitted run time
122m 45s
Approved footage
11047+8
BBFC reference
AFF262216
Registration number
CFJ19663

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