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Lost in La Mancha
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by Greg Muskewitz

"When fact plays like fiction."
4 stars

What was originally intended to document the filming of Terry Gilliam’s film version of “Don Quixote” and likely turn up as a DVD extra, blossomed into something else from Gilliam’s failure.

To the viewer, this is crystal clear upfront, because that’s how this documentary has been marketed; but from the outset of the film, the initial pre-production, there are high hopes for the vision and adaptation that Gilliam has long been working at. That’s not to say, however, there is not doubt within the production. The film has a large budget, which is being procured from international producers, they have a tight filming schedule, the cast (which is to include Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis, and Jean Rochefort) has very busy schedules, etc. It doesn’t take long before the production is plagued without remedy, from inclement weather disasters, an injured Rochefort, lost or destroyed equipment, loss of on-set morale — and on the problematic list goes, to include a believed curse of the Quixote story being brought to film. The further along Lost in La Mancha goes, the clearer the filmmaker’s — any filmmaker, not just Gilliam, but at least specifically his here — desperation and heartbreak. It’s all so grand-scale and perversely original that it is not by a stretch of the imagination that this documentary could be believed to be done purposely, out of Gilliam’s creativity. Such is not the case. And while any fun from the experience sees a severe strain as the stress and frustration rises, this still serves as a true behind-the-scenes look at big-budget filmmaking seen without the hype and self-promotion that would normally be found in a “making of …” This, to be sure, is far more humbling. Directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe.


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6/09/08 AnnieG Excellent film . Lesson: read the book Don Quixote - you shall never see a film version. 4 stars
6/04/05 Mike Jozic In the spirit of Coppola's Hearts of Darkness, this is a must for fans of film! 5 stars
6/02/05 tatum Sad, but even I could see the writing on the wall; get a clue, TG! 4 stars
3/04/04 Agent Sands A very unique documentary including really cool footage from a movie you can't see. 4 stars
7/06/03 John Bale A must for film buffs, sadly shows the perils of Independant productions 4 stars
3/20/03 Cameron Slick An engrossing look at what can go wrong. 4 stars
3/17/03 John Rigler I recommend for anyone who HAS to watch all of the DVD extras. 5 stars
2/16/03 Heather Essential for Gilliam fans, here's hoping he has another attempt at DQ 4 stars
2/08/03 mr. Pink Insightful and truly horrific to watch at times. Good. 4 stars
8/19/02 Jerry Harrell Brilliant documentary! Plays out better than most fiction films! 5 stars
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