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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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Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (novel)
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Release Date:
10 November 2005 (Portugal) See more »
The story of a Spanish gentlemen gone mad and his dim-witted squire sancho panza, who set forth on a journey to right wrongs and accomplish good deeds in the name of chivalry. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
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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Also Known As:
"Don Quijote de Orson Welles" - Spain (original title)
"Orson Welles' Don Quixote" - USA (complete title)
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116 min | Spain:111 min
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Unlike other unfinished Orson Welles films, Don Quixote's incomplete state was not because of lack of finances. Welles always considered his Don Quixote a "private exercise". Or as he put it, he worked on it like an author works on a novel; under no obligations, no time constraints, and could finish it whenever he feels like it.See more »
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Delightful Treat For Any True Welles Fan- (and more complete than you may think...), 5 May 2005
Author: paybaragon from Cheshire, CT

Those who dismiss this reconstructed film out-of-hand cannot possibly have any appreciation of Welles' genius. The reviewer who calls it a "dog's dinner" is obviously reacting to the unusual and non-linear qualities of Welles' later films. I doubt that he can know very much about either Welles or Quijote. In any case, he fails to see the forest from the trees. Of course there are some scenes and shots in this incomplete film that go nowhere-- BUT this is still the most beautiful, exhilariting, and cinematic version of Cervantes yet put to film. I don't doubt that the film would be better if Welles had been able to finish editing it himself. But even as it is, the great director left his mark on each and every surviving scene. Visually speaking, the film is simply too similar to 'The Trial' and other late Welles classics to be ignored.

The film centers around the idea of Don Quixote (and Sancho) trying to stick to their guns in the midst of the great confusion of modern-day Spain. Such a conceit is absolutely typical of Welles, as are all the other major departures from the novel. Welles was not known for faithfulness. But there are also scenes of pure character drama, and they play so well as to make us believe that Cervantes had written them; Welles was, after all, among the greatest of screenwriters.

Not the least of his triumphs here is in the casting: Akim Tamiroff, one of the screen's greatest and most unsung actors, was born to play Sancho and he does not disappoint. Francisco Reiguera looks and acts more like Cervantes' Knight than any other. Again, the other reviewers fail to appreciate this.

If the film has any really major flaw (apart from the awful English dubbing), it is the additional dialog written by Jess Franco, who was Welles' A.D. on this film. Of course it is difficult to identify, but I take it that most of the dialog is Welles'. The film also goes on too long concerning bull-fighting, but of course this was one of Welles' fascinations and it is probably at least partly his fault.

The real reason this film has been ignored is because a lot of people crave conventional narrative cinema so badly that they deride cinematic art unless it has a "artist's brand name" attached to it. Since Welles' is not entirely responsible for the final cut as we have it, a lot of people feel that its 'fair game' in a way that his other films are not. Well, if you can't stand genius, then stay away from it-- you'll only embarrass yourself trying to deride it.

BEWARE THE English-LANGUAGE DUBBING. Welles obviously never did an English dub of this footage, and the one that is supplied by Welles' reconstructors is a total injustice to the film. It is far better to stick it out with the Spanish track and French sub-titles, even if you don't know a word of French. At least you'll have an idea of the quality of some of the scenes. HOPEFULLY we will see a DVD of this in the US with English subtitles.

Perhaps some further reconstruction is also still possible? BUT it will only happen if Welles fans are supportive of the footage the Welles did indeed achieve.

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