Adapted from the work of Miguel de Cervantes, this is the story of a hidalgo, fanatic for chivalry novels, who loses his sanity and believing to be a knight named Don Quixote de La Mancha, ... See full summary »
In Spain, in the sixteenth century, an elderly gentleman named Don Quixote has gone mad from reading too many books on chivalry. Proclaiming himself a knight, he sets out with his squire, ... See full summary »
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Feodor Chaliapin Sr.,
Senor Quexana has read so many books on chivalry that he believes that he is the knight Don Quixote de la Mancha. So Don Quixote sets off on his horse, accompanied by his squire Sancho ... See full summary »
The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.
This evening on tv I was fortunate to have my first viewing of the acclaimed 1973 ballet film, Don Quixote, and was completely enthralled. Usually I considered most ballets as rather monotonous gymnastics carried along by the music, but this one was definitely something far superior. Nureyev's lighthearted rendering of the Don Quixote tale was charming and quite funny at times, a nice departure from his more serious roles. There are not enough superlatives to describe the excellent dance sequences, you really have to see it for yourself. Robert Helpmann showed much insight into his role as the elderly Don, and gains our sympathy and compassion throughout. Humor abounds. Outstanding and very well done!
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