Saturday, June 21, 2014
Lost in La Mancha
Lost in La Mancha is a documentary about director Terry Gilliam's attempts to make a movie based on Don Quixote. It follows in detail the preproduction and production phases, as one thing after another goes wrong, including a torrential hail storm that destroyed the location. It is a great look into movie-making. The film really seemed cursed. Ironically, Gilliam was making a movie about an iconic character who lived in his imagination as opposed to reality. Part of the film highlights Gilliam's difficulty seeing that the project wouldn't get finished when everyone around him was aware of the mess. Eventually production halted when one of the essential elements, the actor to play Quixote, got sick. The insurance company owns the script and I think everything built for the production.