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Lost in La Mancha

Rating:R (for language)
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:January 31, 2003
Running time:92 minutes
Cast:Jeff Bridges, Terry Gilliam, Jean Rochefort, Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis
Director:Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Producer:Lucy Darwin
Writer:Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Distributor:IFC Films

Description: A documentary that details and depicts the pre-production and the first six days of production of acclaimed director Terry Gilliam's ill-fated attempt to film "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" in late 2000. Piece by piece, the entire production ended up falling apart. A series of events conspire to shut down the project altogether: a severe storm washing away equipment; jet fighters interrupting the filming of the pivotal and somber Inquisition scene; and the star suffering a damaging back injury. Gilliam's decades-long dream to make a film based on Don Quixote came to a grinding halt--but it was all captured on film. Thus, what was expected to be, simply, a special documentary featurette--shown as part of the film's eventual DVD package--is now the basis of the film, itself.

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