Lost in La Mancha

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Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary Lost in La Mancha, concerning Terry Gilliam's failed production of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include interviews with the cast and crew, storyboards, and costume sketches for the film, an IFC interview with ...
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Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary Lost in La Mancha, concerning Terry Gilliam's failed production of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include interviews with the cast and crew, storyboards, and costume sketches for the film, an IFC interview with Gilliam, and a conversation between Gilliam and author Salman Rushdie that transpired at the Telluride Film Festival. This is a strong disc from that offers plenty of information on both the making of the documentary and the failed film as well.
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Special Features

Exclusive interviews with cast and crew, including Terry Gilliam and Johnny Depp; Deleted scenes; Video soundbites; Costume design, storyboards, and production stills from "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"; Salman Rushdie & Terry Gilliam: A conversation from the 29th Telluride Film Festival; IFC Focus: Terry Gilliam; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Director Terry Gilliam fights his own windmill dragons in Lost in La Mancha, the behind-the-scenes documentary about the director's long-gestating and still-unfinished Don Quixote project. Directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe and narrated by Jeff Bridges costar of Gilliam's The Fisher King, it follows the efforts of Gilliam, his actors including Johnny Depp, and his crew through weeks of pre-production and a few harrowing days of principal photography. Everything that could possibly go wrong does, spectacularly, leading to the ultimate collapse of the project. Along the way we learn of Orson Welles's failed attempt to film the literary masterpiece, and of Gilliam's reputation as an out-of-control visionary often called "Captain Chaos." Plenty of reference is made to Gilliam's close brush with over-budget disaster, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, though his well-documented studio battles during the making of Brazil go curiously unmentioned. Throughout, Gilliam remains confident he will win the losing fight, a trait that makes him all the more quixotic and gives the film precious irony. Rushes of screen tests and the few scenes that were actually shot are also a treat, as lead actor Jean Rochefort -- whose untimely illness was the main reason to shut down production -- proves the perfect Quixote. Whether or not Gilliam ever completes his film he's apparently still searching for financing, Lost in La Mancha is still an engaging and revealing portrait of a fascinating director who is not afraid to dream the impossible dream.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's Lost in La Mancha is a moderately engaging account of iconoclastic director Terry Gilliam's misbegotten attempt to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, an adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes' classic novel. Like Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse and Les Blank's Burden of Dreams, Lost in La Mancha shows how a filmmaker's own obsessions can bring about disaster. Unlike those films, Lost in La Mancha is not brilliant filmmaking, and it doesn't stand nearly as well on its own, which is problematic. To begin with, the disasters that befall Gilliam's set aren't particularly dramatic. There's the illness of his leading man, Jean Rochefort, and a badly trained horse that doesn't follow Gilliam's direction as he tries to shoot a scene to impress a group of investors. The most dramatic setback is a particularly violent hailstorm that temporarily decimates the film's desert set. It's also interesting to watch some of the internal conflicts, as Gilliam tries to protect his embattled assistant director, Phil Patterson, who doesn't seem particularly eager to continue with the shoot. As a companion piece to a film that doesn't exist, this is pretty interesting stuff, but as a finished product, in and of itself, it's nothing special. The few teasing glimpses of Gilliam's unfinished film that Fulton and Pepe provide make one hope that some day, Lost in La Mancha will take its rightful place beside its subject on some kind of deluxe DVD package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • UPC: 767685954836
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,345

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bernard Bouix
René Cleitman
Johnny Depp
Benjamin Fernandez
Terry Gilliam
Phil Patterson
Nicola Pecorini
Gabriella Pescucci
Jean Rochefort
Jeff Bridges Voice Only
Technical Credits
Keith Fulton Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Louis Pepe Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Screenwriter
Stefan Avalos Animator
Chaim Bianco Animator
Rosa Bosch Associate Producer
Jacob Bricca Editor
Andrew Curtis Associate Producer
Miriam Cutler Score Composer
Lucy Darwin Producer
Michael Kowalski Sound/Sound Designer
Jaime Siclia Nistal Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Lost in La Mancha
1. Opening Sequence [5:50]
2. The Story of Don Quixote [6:57]
3. Storyboards & Giants [4:52]
4. Out of Control [6:19]
5. 6 Weeks Before Production [9:18]
6. 2 Weeks Before Production [1:49]
7. 1 Week Before Production [8:11]
8. Production Day 1 [5:38]
9. Production Day 2 [6:00]
10. Production Days 3 & 4 [4:45]
11. Production Day 5 [6:20]
12. Production Day 6 [5:35]
13. Illness Strikes [5:38]
14. Loss of Momentum [6:26]
15. The Windmills of Reality [3:16]
16. Coming Soon [1:59]
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Side #1 -- Lost in La Mancha
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Docurama Catalog
      Genghis Blues
      Regret to Inform
         Play Trailer
      The Brandon Teena Story
      From Mao to Mozart
      Speaking in Strings
         Play Trailer
      Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back
         Play Trailer
      Paul Taylor: Dancemaker
         Play Trailer
      Moon Over Broadway
      Pie in the Sky
      Roots of Rhythm
      Original Cast Album: Company
         Play Trailer
      Paradise Lost 2: Revelations
      Always a Bridesmaid
      W.I.S.O.R. the Robo-Welder
      The Sweetest Sound
      Sound and Fury
         Play Trailer
      Michael Moore: The Awful Truth - The Premiere Season
      Michael Moore: The Awful Truth - The Complete Second Season
      Moyers in Conversation: The 11th of September
      Sophie B. Hawkins: The Cream Will Rise
      The Atomic Cafe
      Todd McFarlane: The Devil You Know
         Play Trailer
      On the Road With Duke Ellington
      WTC: The First 24 Hours
      Naked States
      Go Tigers!
         Play Trailer
      Keep the River on Your Right
         Play Trailer
      BaadAsssss Cinema
      Children Underground
      Southern Comfort
      The Main Stream
      The Legend of Ron Jeremy
      Murder on a Sunday Morning
      Full Frame Documentary Shorts
      Maya Lin
Side #2 -- Bonus Disc
   Cast & Crew Interviews
      Terry Gilliam
      Johnny Depp
      Louis Pepe
      Keith Fulton
      Lucy Darwin
   Deleted Scenes
      Alternate Opening #1
      Alternate Opening #2
      Gilliam Meets Composer Alberto Iglesias
      Rehearsal of Fiesta Scene "Els Comediants"
      Gilliam Inspects Props
   Salman Rushdie & Terry Gilliam: A Conversation From the 29th Telluride Film Festival
      Play Interview
   IFC Focus: Terry Gilliam
      Play Interview
      Adaptation of Don Quixote
      Gilliam's Attachment to Quixote
      Choosing Jean Rochefort
      European Financing
      1999 Attempt at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
      Collapse of 2000 Attempt
   Storyboards & Production Stills
      Terry Gilliam Storyboards
         Scene 1
         Scene 108
         Scene 121
      Benjamin Fernandez Production Designs
      Gabriella Pescucci Costume Design
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I remember catching this documentary a few years ago on a movie network and saw only half of it. I was drawn in by not only the title, but the cast and crew. "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is my personal favorite film and when the info bar read "Terry Gilliam and Johnny Depp," I knew this would be interesting. I eventually bought the DVD. It's sort of a sad tale, a behind the scenes look at the horrors of film-making, the stuff that featurettes won't show you on a Special Features disc. Anyhow, I couldn't help but feel terribly sadden for Gilliam making an attempt for his dream film. I think like the other reviewer that this could've been his greatest feature. You really symphathize with Gilliam and even the cast and are always hoping for something to come out of the woodworks, but things just tend to get worse and worse for everyone connected to Gilliam's masterpiece. This is along the lines of "Heart of Darkness," with Coppola's long struggle to make his epic war film "Apocolypse Now." It's funny though how the battle to make a Don Quixote doesn't just revolve around Gilliam's deam project, but also the master himself Orson Welles. Not too long ago, his unfinished version was edited together for a DVD release. Now for some interesting and exciting news to those who have viewed this film, I had read on www.imdb.com that Gilliam is actually in the works for another attempt at making his dream film, I'm not sure if it's the same story he had intended and also it's not including the same actors in the cast. So I hope that his new attempt will be more of a success and not a failure. So if you are a Gilliam fan or a fan of film-making, check this out...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    Almost as tragic as the story of Don Quixote itself is the story of Gilliam's failed attempt to film it. Though the viewer knows from the beginning that it will fail one can't help but hope that some how history will change, it's like watching Permethis pushing his boulder up the hill knowing as he struggles that it will just roll back down to the bottom. Plagued with problems the project feels doomed to begin with but Terry presses on. What footage that is shown is glorious and marks it as even more tragic as this could have been his greatest film.

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