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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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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 (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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Finished by Jesús Franco and Patxi Irigoyen in 1992. (Orson Welles died in 1985).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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