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, ...
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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 »
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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, decides to go on imaginary adventures along with his friend, the simple farmer Sancho Panza, who becomes his squire. On their journeys, they rescue dames in distress in honorable acts and fight giants among other perils, with Don longing to be with the love of his life, lady Dulcinea, and Sancho waiting to be rewarded with an island where he's about to become a governor.Written by
In 1971, Peter Yates announced that he would be directing " Don Quixote " with Richard Burton and Topol starring. It would be over 35 years before he got around to filming the Cervantes story. See more »
[possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers, who reportedly wanted to make the locale and costumes more colorful] The actual La Mancha is a more arid, monotonous region than the countryside shown in the film. Although it was shot in Spain, Andalusia stood in for La Mancha. See more »
There is a world outside La Mancha. There is a great elsewhere, my neighbor. And there we may both find fame and fortune.
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John Lithgow was brilliant most of the time although occasionally reverting to the typecast zany character he has so often played. The Don Quixote he portrays is, however, mostly spot on and that is refreshing if not unusual for a well established and well known novel character entering the screen. Bob Hoskins and Isabella Rossellini, on the other hand, disappointed. Bob Hoskins for humoring his master rather than simplemindedly conforming to the new world order, something which he did almost instantaneously by the end. Isabella Rossellini simply performed poorly thus disappointing simply for not living up to what could be expected.
The effects were generally poor. Not that they need to be extravagant and cutting edge but because they were either poorly made or simply failed to convey any real meaning. In fact, corny.
All in all an enjoyable Don Quixote in believable settings which, of course, Spain would have to be. Fairly true to the book. A lot is missing but that which is there is pretty precise and kudos for that. What astonished me the most was John Lithgow's likeness to the Wilhelm Marstrand (1810-1873: http://www.cwquijote.com/Mundo_Quijote/Pintura/Paginas%202/Pintura_Marstrand.html) highly praised illustrations of my copy of the book. Illustrations I have always found quite amusing.
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