TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - April 30, 2018
There's something—pardon the pun—quixotic about how many filmmakers have tried and failed to bring Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha to the big screen, but Terry Gilliam has finally triumphed in getting his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, completed nearly 20 years after he first took a crack at it.
If you've seen the masterful documentary Lost in La Mancha, you'll know that problems of biblical proportions besieged the former Python's first attempt at making this film in the early aughts. Original star Jean Rochefort took ill and became uninsurable, the budget was slashed just before cameras began rolling, and mother nature stepped in at every possible opportunity to prevent Gilliam from realizing his vision.
Well, this year's Cannes Film Festival will play host to the completed film, this time with Gilliam regular Jonathan Pryce in the title role, with Adam Driver replacing Johnny Depp in the role of Toby, a disillusioned advertising exec who gets sucked into the past where Don Quixote mistakes him for his stalwart companion Sancho Panza.
No filmmaker in the history of the world, save maybe Orson Welles, has had to endure the troubled productions that Terry Gilliam has, so I'm always happy when a film of his finally sees the light of day. Sadly, I haven't really liked any of his films since Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but I have no doubt Gilliam will deliver another singular film as only he can. Now, if he could just get that barbecue of his up and running.
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