Lost in La Mancha

Posted by barb on Aug 15, 2003 in Movies |

3.5/5 stars

This is a somewhat depressing documentary following Terry Gilliam’s failed attempt to mount a production of Don Quixote. He started with too little money and an impossible schedule. The actor’s were squeezing this job into their busy schedules, with little leeway on either side, and were taking a cut from their normal pay. Then, on the second day of filming, a rain storm ruins not only equipment but the landscape of the location. In addition, the actor playing Don Quixote is stricken with a prostate infection. Without a leading actor, and with the schedule already behind, the production dies.

It was a pity, because what we saw of the vision Gilliam had for the Don Quixote story, it looked like it could be an incredible movie. Rumors are that he is still looking for money to resurrect the production, but for now it is the property of the insurance company.

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