Lost in La Mancha details
|Starring:||Terry Gilliam, Jean Rochefort, Jean Rochefort, Johnny Depp|
|Directors:||Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe|
|Collections:||Depp & Burton, Hidden Gems, Incredible Indies, Johnny Depp & Tim Burton, Must Watch Docs, Top 20 Documentaries|
Lost in La Mancha
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Feb 2003|
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Compelling, funny, sad...By Dave from Ireland , 04 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I've always been a fan of Cervantes' Don Quixote and when I heard that Terry Gilliam was adapting it for the screen, my eyes lit up. Sadly, Lost In La Mancha may be the closest we'll get to seeing the director's vision. Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe's fascinating documentary was originally intended to be a 'Making Of...' feature (think of The Hamster Factor on the Twelve Monkeys DVD) to accompany Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. It instead stands as a memorial to Murphy's Law. From the beginning, Gilliam seems subdued. He's complaining that the film's budget is half of what he needs. He's complaining that no one can track down co-star Vanessa Paradis. Then the filming starts.... We're treated to unrehearsed extras, prima donna horses, electrical storms, a flying visit from the Spanish Airforce and a guest appearance from poor Jean Rochefort's aforementioned prostate (which causes the actor understandable pain and to fly back to Paris for days on end for treatment). Lost In La Mancha unfolds like a horror film with a mounting sense of dread as each new catastrophe hits the production and to see Gilliam visibly wilting onscreen makes for uneasy viewing. Terry Gilliam has, of course, been through this all before with The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988) - an epic fable, beset by problems but differing from The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in that it actually limped over the finish line. To make matters worse, the filmed scenes we see look like classic Gilliam - big close-ups, fantastical design, slapstick etc. Rochefort (health permitting) was perfect as Don Quixote, Depp seemed kooky as ever and Vanessa Paradis was..well...stunning as ever. You've got to feel for the director, thwarted in making a movie that he'd spent years thinking about but it's compelling viewing. As the man himself said - 'I am getting tired of these fights [with backers.] Each time you get into a fight the world closes in a bit. You start losing an innocence, a belief that everything is possible. Terry Jones thinks I'm belligerent and egotistical, and that I've got to get into a fight to keep me going. It does keep me awake. But I limit it to the fights that are worth it nowadays.'
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Revealing!By brokenking (268 reviews) from Bristol , 27 Mar 2008Terry Gilliam said this documentary is a great trailer for the film he couldn't make and he's right. One mishap here and another over there and production falls apart like a house of cards. Amazing and tragic because the film fans missed out on a real treat.
Fairly interestingBy a customer from London , 25 Sep 2007Beyond me why Terry Gilliam wanted to make this film, but the disasters which befell it are quite interesting and watchable. Although glad I did not see it in the cinema as some of it is quite repetitive and tedious.
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How To Make A Phenomenal FlopBy DM from Glasgow, Scotland , 25 Jul 2007A simply amazing, compelling and hilarious insight into the disasters that can befall a feature film. It goes so badly wrong, it's painful. From pre-production nightmares and any Producers idea of hell, to a production that even God would turn a back on. Gilliam is the visionary genius who has to keep smiling when the films Financial Backers make a set visit; happily seeing their investment quite literally washed away. Johnny Depp sits about smoking, being...well, just handsome as there's nothing else for him to do. Phil Patterson (1st AD) is just brilliant as a man keeping his head and everyone else's, while the entire thing just falls apart. If you've never worked on a film and operate under the misconception that it's glamorous - watch this!
Great... if it was a TV docBy Kif from London , 23 Jul 2007It's interesting - and I can see why it was made. Made me laugh in parts too. All the same, it's not much above a good 'making of' documentary.
How much bad luck can one man have?By a customer from Bristol , 07 Feb 2007Fascinating look behind the scenes of a Gilliam film. I hope he gets to finish it one day.