Don Quixote is an unfinished film project produced, written and directed by Orson Welles. Principal photography took place between 1957 and 1969. Test footage was filmed as early as 1955, ... See full summary »
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 »
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.,
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 »
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.
After the death of his mother, 12-year-old Moritz begins to act in ways that distress the aunt he is living with, so she packs him off to Spain to be with his father. At the airport he ... See full summary »
Christoph Maria Herbst
Alonso Quijano is a country gentleman who imagines himself to be a knight named Don Quixote de la Mancha. He sets out to right the wrongs of the world which sees him as he is, a comical ... See full summary »
DeWolf Hopper Sr.,
Carl Schenstrøm and Harald Madsen were the leading pair of 'Fat and Skinny' comedians in the movie world until Laurel and Hardy came along. While their characters never shed their movie-comic trappings -- ill fitting costumes, weird mustaches and bad hats -- they remained enormously popular and continued making films until 1940 -- two years after their first and best director, Lau Lauritzen Sr. died and two years before Schenstrom, the skinny one died.
Kinowelt, which has had success with its Laurel & Hardy DVD set has produced a seven-DVD set of the comedies, under the title "Pat und Patachon", the names they were known under in Germany. I have issues. The versions are cut down (this one is 48 minutes instead of theo original run time of 179 minutes) and a voice over tells you what is going on -- in German, which, alas, I do not speak. These are apparently TV versions made in the late 1960s or early 1970s and it is difficult to judge what is missing -- although a lot of the continuity is definitely lost.
It is particularly lost here, when about 70% of the movie is cut out. Nonetheless, this is a pretty good silent version of Cervantes' novel. Carl Schenstrøm is well cast as Don Quixote and Harald Madsen makes a fine Sancho Panza. Their makeup and outfits are different from their usual clown garb. Schenstrøm has an old man's hawk nose and Madsen actually has hair and a substantial beard. The special effects, which show you what Don Quixote sees, are particularly good. When the windmills turn into twisted giants, they look terrifying.
One interesting point is that the point of view shifts towards the end, from Don Quixote to Sancho Panza. It produces a greater sense of sympathy in the viewer.
Of course, it is well nigh impossible to state how the original movie played. Cutting out more than two thirds of a story reduces it to a few highlights. Nonetheless, the two actors acquit themselves well. As someone once noted, if you can play comedy, you can simply slow it down for a fine dramatic turn. This movie is a good example of that.
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