Orson Welles' Don Quixote

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Released 1992

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Director:
Orson Welles
Released:
1992
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Orson Welles' Don Quixote was one of the directors unfinished works at the time of his death in 1985. Based on the classic novel by Cervantes, it began as a short film in the 1950s for television but network executives cancelled the project after viewing test footage and Welles continued the project on his own. Don Quixote (Francisco Reiguera) and his servant Sancho Panza (Akim Tamiroff) are inspired by novels of knights and heroes and set out on an adventure across Spain to protect the weak and perform acts of kindness. Unfortunately for the pair, the real world is not as magical as they believe it to be. Though inspired by the classic work of literature, Welles brought his characters into the modern age as living anachronisms. He worked without a script and often filmed improvised scenes. Though he worked on the film throughout the 60s, it was among works he still talked about completing prior to his death. In 1990, producer Patxi Irigoyen and director Jes''s Franco bought the rights to the archival footage and began piecing together Welles footage and working on a script for the film, which premiered at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.

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    Classics, Dark Comedy, Fairy Tales & Fables, Foreign Language, Psychological