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Don Quixote -- Over the course of his lifetime, the legendary director Orson Welles (1915-1985) was forced to leave many of his grander movie-making projects unfinished, generally for want of sustained financial backing. Each successive unfinished effort generated buzz throughout the worshipful film community that only served to brighten the luster of his legend.

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Director:
Writers:
Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (novel)
Javier Mina (dialogue adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
10 November 2005 (Portugal) See more »
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After reading too many novels about knights and heroic stories, Don Quijote and his servant Sancho Panza... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Francisco Reiguera ... Don Quijote (archive footage)

Akim Tamiroff ... Sancho Panza (archive footage)

Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)
Pepe Mediavilla ... Don Quixote (voice) (as José Mediavilla)
Juan Carlos Ordóñez ... Sancho Panza (voice) (as Juan C. Ordóñez)
Constantino Romero ... Narrator (voice)
Paola Mori ... Woman on Motorscooter (archive footage)
Juan Serrano ... (archive footage)
Beatrice Welles ... (archive footage) (as Beatriz Welles)
Oja Kodar ... (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fernando Rey ... Closing Scene Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Orson Welles (original footage)
 
Writing credits
Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha") (as Miguel de Cervantes)

Javier Mina (dialogue adaptation) and
Jesús Franco (dialogue adaptation) (as Jess Franco)

Orson Welles  uncredited

Produced by
Patxi Irigoyen .... producer
Oja Kodar .... associate producer
Francisco Lara Polop .... producer: original footage (as Francisco Lara)
Alessandro Tasca .... producer: original footage
 
Original Music by
Daniel White  (as Daniel J. White)
 
Cinematography by
Juan Manuel de la Chica (original footage) (as Juan Manuel de Lachica)
José García Galisteo (original footage)
Manuel Mateos (original footage)
Ricardo Navarrete (original footage)
Edmond Richard (original footage)
Giorgio Tonti (original footage)
 
Film Editing by
Fatima Michalczik 
Lina Romay  (as Rosa M. Almirall)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesús Franco .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ian Sasplugas .... sound
Àngels Serrano .... sound
Joan Vidal .... sound technician
 
Special Effects by
Geny Jack .... special effects: new version
Dolores Olivé .... special effects: new version
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marina Rodríguez .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jesús Franco .... editing director (as Jess Franco)
Jesús Franco .... post-production (as Jess Franco)
Peter Katzenmajer .... image processing
Maurizio Lucidi .... editor: original footage (as Mauricio Lucidi)
Renzo Lucidi .... editor: original footage
Peter Parasheles .... editor: original footage (as Peter Pareshelles)
Alberto Valenzuela .... editor: original footage
Irah Wohl .... editor: original footage
 
Music Department
Daniel White .... conductor (as Daniel J. White)
 
Other crew
Jesús Franco .... supervising director
Oja Kodar .... general supervisor
Juan A. Pedrosa .... general administrator
 
Thanks
Enrique Balmaseda .... special thanks
Suzanne Cloutier .... thanks
Juan Cobos .... thanks
José Ignacio Ezquieta .... special thanks
Carlos Franco .... special thanks
Maria Hedstrom .... thanks
Jim Herzog .... thanks
Ainhoa Jauregui .... thanks
Antonio Liza .... special thanks
Aurora Marquez .... special thanks (as Aurora Márquez)
Curra Márquez .... special thanks
Carmen Peralta .... special thanks
Tako Pezonaga .... special thanks
José María Prado .... special thanks
Fernando Rey .... very special thanks
Esteve Riambau .... thanks
Ángeles Ruiz .... thanks
J. Gabino Sáiz .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Don Quijote de Orson Welles" - Spain (original title)
"Orson Welles' Don Quixote" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
116 min | Spain:111 min
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According to Spanish film critic Juan Cobos, who had watched an early rough cut of the movie while Orson Welles was still filming material for it, this new version cut and reshaped by Jesús Franco doesn't resemble Welles' vision at all.See more »
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A mistake, 1 August 2006
Author: Michael_Cronin from Sydney, Australia

(This review is based on the English language version)

Orson Welles' legendary unfinished epic was just that - unfinished. It should have been left as such, not thrown together in this clumsy, boring compilation of whatever material was available.

While I'm sure it was done with the best of intentions, the filmmakers have not only failed to do justice to Welles' vision, they've also managed to discredit it by inflicting this version upon audiences.

The first thing that strikes the viewer is the amateurish quality of the audio. Not only are the newly dubbed voices rather poor performances, they're also inconsistent - Welles' original recordings (using his own voice, as he often did) have been retained in a handful of scenes, & they don't match at all. There hasn't been the slightest attempt at consistency. Add to that an extremely empty sound mix which has only a bare minimum of sound effects & atmos - a long sequence during a huge festival (including the running of the bulls) sounds like it was recorded in a deserted suburban street with about three people making the sound of a crowd that's meant to be in the thousands.

However, the real problem is the unavoidable fact that 'Don Quixote' was incomplete, & it's glaringly obvious from watching this. The film consists of a handful of scenes strung together & dragged out to ridiculous lengths just to make up the running time. Case in point - the sequence where Sancho searches for Don Quixote in the city goes on forever. It's just Sancho approaching people in the crowd, asking them the same questions over & over again - there is no way that Welles could ever have intended using every single take in its entirety, but that's what appears here. It lasts over twelve minutes, when, in fact, it would most likely have lasted about two minutes absolute maximum in a proper finished version of the film.

While the start of the film is relatively complete & rather well done, the rest has massive holes which simply can't be filled with endless overlay of Spanish countryside & still more shots of Don Quixote & Sancho going back & forth. There's also no ending. No resolution, no conclusion, no punchline, no point.

Although there is material in private collections that was unavailable to the filmmakers, that couldn't possibly account for what would be required to make this into a complete, coherent work. Welles simply didn't complete shooting, largely due to the fact that his lead actor died before they could finish.

However, putting aside the fact that it wasn't complete, & never could be, one would think that just seeing a collection of footage from this masterpiece that might have been would be enough. Unfortunately, by putting it all together in such a slipshod manner, one is left with a very negative impression of the film overall. In particular, what was clearly a terrific performance from Akim Tamiroff as Sancho is utterly ruined with the new voice & with long, drawn out scenes that eventually cause him to be simply irritating.

Orson Welles' vision for this film was something far more ambitious & complex than a simple retelling of the story of Don Quixote, but that's what has been attempted here, & as such, the point is lost. The only person who could have assembled all the material into anything worthwhile would have been Welles himself, & he didn't.

The footage could have been put to far better use in a documentary chronicling the whole saga of Welles trying to make the film. Welles himself even came up with the perfect title for such a doco: "When Are You Going To Finish Don Quixote?"

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