Lost in La Mancha
Directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, LOST IN LA MANCHA documents Terry Gilliam's disaster-prone attempt to make THE MAN WHO KILLED... Read More
Directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, LOST IN LA MANCHA documents Terry Gilliam's disaster-prone attempt to make THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, a film largely based on the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The movie first encounters difficulties in its preproduction stage, starting with an uncomfortably small European-funded budget. Then Gilliam must wait for the lead actors, Johnny Depp and French actor Jean Rochefort, to show up on location in Spain. When Depp and Rochefort finally arrive, shooting commences, but within the first few days a torrential rainstorm hits the set, washing away much of the equipment and significantly altering the dry desert landscape. And to make matters much worse, Rochefort, who plays the central role of Don Quixote, falls ill and returns to Paris for medical treatment. As the days of the Quixote-less production go by, tensions among the crew members increase and Gilliam faces the frustratingly real prospect of scrapping the film. <br> <br> LOST IN LA MANCHA provid... Minimize
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|Available Formats||DVD, VHS|
|Directors||Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe|
|Subgenre||Film About Film • Filmmakers • Disaster • Media Arts|
|MPAA Rating||R (MPAA)|
|Running Time||1hr 33min|
|Professional Reviews||(01/31/2003, p.C4, Kenneth Turan): "...A hip and intelligent insider's look at what a completely absurd experience filmmaking can be, LOST records an accident while it's happening, revealing a situation that makes you laugh again and again while weeping, metaphorically at least, for the sheer frustration of it all...", (01/31/2003, p.E10, Elvis Mitchell): "...LOST burns across the screen like a fever dream...", (02/07/2003, p.30, Roger Ebert): "...[A] record of swift and devastating disaster....The camera often rests on Gilliam's face, as the enormity of the disaster sinks in...", (02/14/2003, p.54, Owen Gleiberman): "...A juicy movieland documentary about the countless spectacular ways that a major motion picture can go wrong...", (02/20/2003, p.69, Peter Travers): "...Fulton and Pepe have created an extraordinary document..."|
Product Review Summary
12 Reviews from Epinions.com
Mar 1, 2003
Tilting at Windmills - Gilliam's Nightmare
Pros: Absorbing documentary about the nightmare of film production
Cons: At times almost painful viewing
By: deadmilkboy in Movies at Epinions.com
Jun 26, 2003
Tilting windmills on DVD with Terry Gilliam getting LOST IN LA MANCHA.
Pros: The DVD is loaded with treats, and the movie is quite nifty.
Cons: It's depressing to see such a bad luck story.
By: thevoid99 in Movies at Epinions.com
Feb 3, 2004
The Making or "Unmaking" of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"
Pros: An Excellent Documentary on Terry Gilliam's Attempt to Make "Don Quixote" Come to Life.
Cons: A Bit Depressing at Times and It's Kind of Slow.
By: mfunk75 in Movies at Epinions.com
Aug 6, 2003
"I Was Mad, But I Am Sane Now": Terry Gilliam Gets Lost In La Mancha
Pros: Gilliam as Quixote/enfant terrible figure, the animation scenes and musical score
Cons: Not a sufficient substitute for an actual Terry Gilliam movie
Dec 5, 2008
They Sure Tried to Kill Don Quixote, Anyway
Pros: Fascinating to watch, very interesting glimpse at how movies are made
Cons: Is not the smoothest made documentary; would've benefited from retrospection
Jan 31, 2003
Gilliam's Burden of Dreams
Pros: Hilarious, deeply heartbreaking and sometimes hard to watch...but you can't look away.
Cons: Gilliam-esque animation sequences seem forced and obvious.
Oct 2, 2005
The Events Which Killed Don Quixote
Pros: Gilliam's enthusiasm, the madness, an insight into the problems of filmmaking
Cons: Fails to feel like more than a expanded DVD extra.
Jul 29, 2009
Truly the curse of Don Quixote
Pros: Provides great insight into the inner workings of films, shooting on location in different countries.
Cons: The interviews were slow and needed better editing. Generally needed more special features.
Sep 29, 2003
Cinematic tilting at windmills
Pros: Fascinating documentary about unintended pitfalls in filmmaking
Cons: Might be a little too "inside" the casual moviegoer
Jul 9, 2008
The Curse Of Don Quixote
Pros: Non documentary structure gives it a raw/all access feel.
Cons: A bit sad to watch Terry Gilliam's dream project collapse