Lost in La Mancha

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Released 2002

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Director:
Keith Fulton , Louis Pepe
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Lost in La Mancha is a 2002 documentary that captures the behind-the-scenes chaos and bad luck on a movie set. Terry Gilliam, the director of "Brazil" and one-time Monty Python member, wants to bring his adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote" to the screen. Johnny Depp signs onto the project and the preproduction preparations begin. The adaption entitled "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" involves a time-traveling ad executive who is mistaken for Sancho Panza by the actual Don Quixote. At first, the creative team has the challenge of bringing Gilliam's wild creativity to fruition with a relatively small budget after the studio slashes the budget. Soon the production begins to suffer a series of more daunting calamities. As filming begins, the lead actor, Jean Rochefort, suffers a back injury that leads to a more dire health concern. Then Mother Nature interrupts filming. Directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe capture the dedication of the crew and resilient dreamer Gilliam facing improbable circumstances that can only happen in the movies.moreless

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Records an accident while it's happening, revealing a situation that makes you laugh again and again while weeping, metaphorically at least, for the sheer frustration of it all.

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    After watching the fascinating and compelling new documentary Lost in La Mancha, you may forever wonder how it is that movies are made at all.

  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    There's no shortage of disaster stories in the history of film production, but none have been recorded with such frankness, immediacy and aching sense of disappointment.

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