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Lost in La Mancha

  • Documentary and factual
  • Lifestyle
  • 2002
  • Keith Fulton
  • 89 mins
  • 15

Summary

Candid documentary about maverick director Terry Gilliam's attempt to make the film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. When shooting begins, Gilliam must contend with torrential rain, noisy military jets, a sick leading man and ever-spiralling costs, which all conspire to put an end to the production.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This compelling documentary from Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe charts the derailment of Terry Gilliam's film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The film opens with clips from Orson Welles's ill-fated attempt to bring the Cervantes classic to the screen, and from there draws upon over 80 hours of video footage, widescreen rushes and animated storyboards to tell the whole "un-making" of Gilliam's project. With Jean Rochefort as the eccentric knight and Johnny Depp as a time-traveller mistaken for Sancho Panza, everything looks set. But an air of Munchausen madness pervades both pre-production and the brief shoot, leaving one to lament the loss of a potential masterpiece and marvel at the terrifying unpredictability of the movie business.

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Credits

Cast

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NarratorJeff Bridges
Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
Terry GilliamTerry Gilliam
Jean RochefortJean Rochefort

Crew

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DirectorKeith Fulton
DirectorLouis Pepe

Details

Theatrical distributor
Optimum Releasing
Released on
2002-08-02
Languages
English | French | Spanish
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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