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Dreams and The Imaginarium

Dreams and The Imaginarium

March 30th, 2011 1 Comment

Dreams are a huge part of my life. I’m not talking aspirations here, but actual forgot-to-put-on-pants, or riding-Pegasus-through-the-clouds kinda dreams. At night, my mind conjures up the most enthralling technicolor epics, so vivid I sometimes wake up unsure if an event actually occurred or whether a person actually said that. Among my favorites, which my brain obligingly produces on a regular basis, are flying dreams that find me soaring over mountains and valleys, skimming across meadows and treetops, and floating down over lakes. The feeling of weightlessness if so real and somehow so familiar.

You’d think, then, that I would love Inception wouldn’t you? Sadly, while the movie was very entertaining (and really, it’s difficult to say bad things about a film with Ellen Page and Marion Cotillard), I felt that their dream sequences were lacking any kind of real imagination. Instead, I would refer you to the often overlooked and undervalued 2009 film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

As anything Terry Gilliam touches is wont to be, The Imaginarium is a darkly beautiful, intoxicatingly fanciful spectacular. With a cast list sporting the likes of Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Heath Ledger, Lily Cole and Johnny Depp, the stunning visuals are well matched by wonderful performances.

Although Heath Ledger’s tragic death mid-way through filming nearly derailed the project, Gilliam’s casting of Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell as Heath’s character in the dreamworld adds rather than detracts from the story. How often do you, or another person in your dreams, take on the guise of someone else?

I will refrain from giving anything away about the plot, in the hopes that you will experience The Imaginarium yourself, and instead leave you with a few more stills.


All images courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

What are your dreams like? Do you dream in color? Are you able to control the content of your dreams? Do you have favorites?

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One Response to “Dreams and The Imaginarium”

  1. OMG! I have the craziest most vivid dreams as well. In a majority of my dreams, I realize I am dreaming about 1/2 way through and can then control them and even rewind my dream and change what happened earlier in them. My dreams are so scarily real, lol. One of the most bizarre ones I had was a dream where I was in a cave in Africa and there was a mass genocide of people hiding in these caves. I realized I was dreaming, so I went back in my dream and made blood shoot from my finger tips back into the lifeless bodies of the murdered people and brought them back to life. Most of my dreams are of me trying to right wrongs or other justice related themes. As for something that is also repetitious … I am always finding writings on various objects in my dreams and try desperately to read the writing, but I can only make out some of the words and generally the messages are just mumbo jumbo, haha. This type of dreaming is a blessing at times, but when the dream is bad … ugh, it can be a mild curse, lol.

    Great to know someone else out there has these wild, vivid and sometimes lucid dreams.