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(with Johnny Depp) went to hell is DVD heaven. --Entertainment Weekly
...not many tragedies are this entertaining. --USA Today
A wildly sad, funny, terrific documentary...this record of the ill-fated fiasco
is nothing short of a revelation. --Philadelphia Inquirer
- Exclusive interviews with cast and crew including Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, and producer Lucy Darwin
- Deleted scenes
- Salman Rushdie and Terry Gilliam: A Conversation from the Telluride Film Festival
- IFC Focus: Terry Gilliam
- Storyboards, production stills, and costume designs from The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
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With an exclusive, almost uncomfortable closeness to Gilliam's project, we get a glimpse at other attempts to film the story (Orson Welles entertained the notion for nearly twenty years, achieving mere minutes of test footage); in-depth looks at storyboards with dialogue; screen tests of "giant" performers (as Terry quips "This is our trailer!" with his trademark Amadeus giggle); meticulous detail being applied to elaborate props and sets; auditions for character actors, and prep work with the film's would-be stars Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp, and the overall excitement of launching a project of epic (though underfunded) vision .....
Then the cameras roll. The crew are forced to film in an area adjacent to a military testing range, and the actors can barely hear their director or own spoken lines over the roaring jets. Misunderstandings between members of the multi-national crew result in a lack of preparedness on a ridiculously tight shooting schedule. A sudden storm literally washes valuable filming equipment down a muddy gully, and transforms the locale to one totally different from the one filming was begun in. Star Rochefort suffers multiple herniated discs, causing excruciating pain while on horseback, and has to leave the production for an indefinite time.Read more ›
Lost in La Mancha is a document of what can go wrong on a film shoot. During this documentary, a crew member states that if someone would write this story, nobody would believe him. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
We see a brief bit about the history of trying to film Don Quixote including Orson Welles' twenty year obsession and ultimate failure to get the movie off the ground. This leads into Terry Gilliam and his ten year obsession with the same thing. We begin with the six weeks of preproduction and the principal actors do not have signed contracts and the ones that do are not quite living up to the requirements of the contract. Costume fittings and rehearsals are being missed and the studio for some of the filming is nothing more than a warehouse with no acoustics to speak of. Things just have the feel of slipping out of control. It is suggested that this is the way Gilliam works, but even Gilliam feels that things are slipping. He mentions the fiasco of Baron Munchausen. Gilliam states that things are similar. Munchausen had actors but no costumes or sets. Don Quixote has costumes and sets but no actors. The film is slipping away from him.
Finally the actors arrive (including Johnny Depp). There is minimal rehearsal but they are ready to begin.Read more ›
Unlike the glossy "making of" features on many films that are standard DVD extras these days, this documentary goes underneath the smiles and compliments and "best time of my life" statements and makes you wonder how films even get made. Although Gilliam's "Quixote" had more than it's fair share of problems to deal with, this documentary shows very well the perpetual purgatory of panic that can befall a production.
From the very beginning we see Gilliam struggling with props and sets, and his exhausted and frustrated crew wondering what exactly he wants while struggling to find resources that aren't as abundant in Spain as they are in London or Hollywood. We see Gilliam's right hand man, 1st Assistant Director Phil Patterson, and various producers trying to reel in actors, Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis, and Jean Rochefort, from all over Europe on schedule (while making the said schedule). Once shooting, a hail storm from nowhere strikes, fighter planes do test runs over the set, a studio is actually a warehouse with horrendous sound, Rochefort comes down with a prostate problem, and calamity after calamity hits the weary production.Read more ›
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great documentery about the mishaps of a great director and artist.Published 11 months ago by M.J.J.Helmerhorst
I was expecting a better quality video but what i can receive paying 2.99, I deserve a better quality I don't know?Published 12 months ago by Alex
As a film maker this is a real life example of " if it can go wrong- it will go wrong". I somehow think this film of Gilliams would have been so good it would have shamed... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Peter Homer
I bought this DVD under the impression that I will get a movie, a film on Don Quixote that I needed for a conference. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Beatrice Giannandrea
Interesting documentary about,....and interesting movie, that was never made!Published on June 29, 2014 by thundercat