Friday, October 9, 2009

'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' Trailer: Heath Ledger in an Arsole Fantüme Mask

Heath Ledger's character in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," the new film directed by Terry Gilliam, is wearing an Arsole Fantüme "jester mask":

Here's a detail from an illustration from the original novel:

I've already written about how one of the film's stars, Johnny Depp, has been rumored to be trying to get an Arsole Fantüme film made-- and I have no doubt that Gilliam knows about the tawdry classic. Now, thanks to this film, we might get a glimpse as to what a movie version of the character might look.

The novel is available for purchase here.

Monday, October 5, 2009

New Roman Polanski-Inspired Art from Death Gush Artist Troy Louden!

Troy Louden, creator of that great Death Gush artwork, has sent along a link to his latest work, a painting of film director Roman Polanksi. It can be viewed at his deviantart page, which is here. Or you can view it below:

Champagne and Quaalude by ~TroyJunior on deviantART

Two words come to mind when I look at this artwork. Oh my.

Interestingly, there were rumors that Roman Polanski wanted to make a film version of Arsole Fantüme, Gentleman Immoralist (the book can be purchased here) in 1974, but he decided against it because he believed the book was too decadent.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Where Shooting Stars Come From

I have heard rumors that one of the sequels to "Arsole Fantüme, Gentleman Immoralist" sent the mad enemist into space. Perhaps the designers of space toilets have read that book?

"Everything that comes out of your body gets pulled down into the toilet by the air."

Marcel Maurice and Pierre could not have said it any better.

Arsole Fantüme, Gentleman Immoralist can be purchased here.