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Orson Welles
Jesús Franco (additional dialogue in new edition)
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10 November 2005 (Portugal) See more »
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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  (in credits order)
Francisco Reiguera ... Don Quijote (archive footage)

Akim Tamiroff ... Sancho Panza

Orson Welles ... Himself (in new version) (archive footage)
Pepe Mediavilla ... Don Quixote (in new version) (voice) (as José Mediavilla)
Juan Carlos Ordóñez ... Sancho Panza (in new version) (voice)
Constantino Romero ... Narrator (in new version) (voice)

Fernando Rey ... Closing Scene Narrator (in new version) (voice)
Paola Mori
Beatrice Welles
Oja Kodar

Directed by
Orson Welles 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra  novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Jesús Franco  additional dialogue in new edition
Javier Mina  dialogue adaptation in new edition
Orson Welles 

Produced by
Óscar Dancigers .... producer
Patxi Irigoyen .... producer: new version
Francisco Lara Polop .... producer (as Francisco Lara)
Juan A. Pedrosa .... associate producer
Alessandro Tasca .... producer
Original Music by
Daniel White 
Cinematography by
Juan Manuel de la Chica 
Jack Draper 
José García Galisteo 
Manuel Mateos 
Ricardo Navarrete 
Edmond Richard 
Giorgio Tonti 
Film Editing by
Jesús Franco (new version)
Maurizio Lucidi (original version)
Renzo Lucidi (original version)
Peter Parasheles (original version)
Alberto Valenzuela (original version)
Irah Wohl (original version)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesús Franco .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ian Sasplugas .... sound: new version
Hermes Serrano .... supervising sound editor
Ángel Serrano .... sound: new version
Joan Vidal .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Geny Jack .... special effects: new version
Dolores Olivé .... special effects: new version
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marina Rodríguez .... wardrobe supervisor
Other crew
Jesús Franco .... supervising director
Oja Kodar .... general supervisor: new version
Juan Cobos .... 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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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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Disappointing, but not without merit, 12 June 2013
Author: Dan Duda

This Orson Welles' version of "Don Quixote" may be interesting to fans of Welles or the novel. But I don't think it will convert anyone not already so into being either.

Things start out promising - exposition is handled quickly, and soon Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are off on their quest, Sancho grumbling all the way. Quixote declares his love for Dulcinea, despite Sancho's insistence she's an unattractive farm girl whose breath reeks of onions. Quixote battles a couple of his legendary adversaries, including the "monster" windmills. It's all realized well; the characters, portrayed with believability, come to life. We're willing to suspend disbelief for a few technical issues, like speech not matching lips, because Welles' unique style is working, using wide lenses, low angles and quirky editing rhythms to establish characters and setting in a way that lets us believe we're there.

That's the first 30 or 40 minutes.

The fun dwindles away rapidly when Welles inserts himself as a character, a famous (and "fat") filmmaker making a movie of Don Quixote.

For one thing, it undercuts the fictional world the earlier parts made endearing to us. For another, Don Quixote's story is pretty much abandoned from here on out, and the other story line - perhaps meant to be artistic, modern, self-reflective - goes absolutely nowhere, taking forever to do so. Welles never even encounters Quixote; the 'filmmaker' narrative line lacks any emotional or dramatic impact. It felt like wandering through a weekend art fair with no intention to buy a painting, and seeing nothing you liked anyway.

It sort of brings home how much is missing in terms of story to realize that any children's book-adaptation running even 10 pages long does a more complete job of telling the tale than what we get here - for instance, Dulcinea is never seen. Not that we should demand literal translations of favorite books - especially one over 1,000 pages long like "Don Quixote" - but there is too much missing, I feel, for things to succeed; we're left feeling uninvolved.

I deliberately didn't read about the troubled history of the production, although I'd heard some, because I don't think watching a movie should be like being a teacher flipping through notes before deciding if absences are excused or not. As playwrights say, if it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage; I prefer to evaluate movies in and of themselves.

The themes Cervantes explored in his book are barely touched on, if at all, no doubt from most of the story not being told.

I prefer to forget the second half and stay out on the Spanish countrysides with Don Quixote, Sancho, and Welles, still hopeful of saving the world from evil, still wanting to get this story in the can. I didn't regret watching it, but did wonder how such an incomplete story could stretch to 115 minutes.

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