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Lost In La Mancha (R)
Quixote Films/Low Key Pictures
Official Site
Directors: Louis Pepe, Keith Fulton
Producer: Lucy Darwin
Cast: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort; narrated by Jeff Bridges

Rating: out of 5


Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton had made a documentary about a Terry Gilliam movie before. The Hamster Factor chronicled the director during production of Twelve Monkeys. So it seemed they’d be a great pick to document the making of… excuse me, the events transpiring during the September 2000 shoot of Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Little did they know that they were about to witness the near-operatic unraveling of the production. (The curse of Don Quixote kicked Orson Welles’ ass too.) Gilliam’s shoot, visited by every disaster short of Biblical plagues, makes compelling viewing. After having heroically raised the $32 million from European investors, Gilliam saw torrential rains, floods, and actor’s illness take their toll, shutting down the production in a matter of days.

There’s not a lot to say about this movie, except “Go see it.” The technical aspects of Lost In La Mancha are nothing to write home about. Its watchability comes from the filmmakers’ access to pivotal moments, which in turn comes from their excellent prior relationship with Gilliam. His loss becomes their gain, but judging from his fantastic storyboards and the snippets of footage of Lost In La Mancha, it’s our loss too.

—Roxanne Bogucka

 

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It’s worth a matinee ticket.

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