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This musical version of Don Quixote is framed by an incident allegedly from the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is the mad, aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza). Written by
The original creators of the show - Dale Wasserman (author), Albert Marre (director) and Mitch Leigh (composer) - were all originally hired by United Artists to work on the film, but UA was unhappy with the screen tests they made, so they were all dismissed and director Peter Glenville was called in. But when UA discovered that he planned to eliminate most of the songs, he was also dismissed. UA then rehired Wasserman, and added Saul Chaplin and producer-director Arthur Hiller, who retained most of the musical's score for the film. However, the "look" of the film, according to Chaplin, had already been largely determined by the previous creative teams hired to make the movie. It has always remained unclear who cast the usually non-singing actors (such as Sophia Loren, who sang in the film, and Peter O'Toole, whose singing was dubbed), and which creative team cast the singing actors (Julie Gregg, Gino Conforti, James Coco and several of the "muleteers"). See more »
At the start of the brawl with the Muleteers, Aldonza goes from standing right next to Pedro to far behind him and back throughout the scene. She also appears to be moving toward him in two separate shots. See more »
I invent false information about a country and sell it to others stupid enough to believe it.
Miguel de Cervantes:
Seems a sound proposition. What brought you here?
A lapse of judgment. I told the truth.
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During the opening credits, we see the animated sails of a windmill, which, with each turn, begin to reveal, and finally become, a sketch of the face of Don Quixote. The camera moves in for an extreme closeup of the facial features, which, as the camera gets close, reveal themselves to be a giant prop in an outdoor stage presentation during a festival. As the opening credits end, the sketch of that prop dissolves into the real item. See more »
The users on this board seemed to concur that this was somehow a bad musical but I disagree. I'm really particular when it comes to people just bursting out into song for no apparent reason and this was one of those few times where I actually liked it. I've always enjoyed the Don Quixote story and this was a fantastic turnaround. I can see why some viewers say that the singing wasn't nearly as extraordinary as it was on Broadway but few film adaptations are. Besides the acting was stellar and it drew out extreme emotions of happiness, sorrow, or laughter out of me at times. Though dirty and ragged I found Sophia Lauren to still be beautiful and her body is absolutely perfect in every way I can fathom. Peter O'Toole was great as a crazy old man set forth on an unattainable quest for glory and at the end someone who had to once again face the harsh life of reality. For those of us who haven't seen it on the stage I feel it is a wonderful performance that was thoroughly enjoyable for persons of all ages that are looking to be whisked away by a tiny bit of magic! I'm positive that I'll have some of the songs stuck in my head for at least several days now.
Movies: I don't usually see musicals on the big screen.
DVD Purchase: If my budget ever increases to a more desirable level.
Rental: An awesome choice!
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