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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)


Duration 2h 12m Rating A 12 where so far released
Source of story Loosely based on the Cervantes story, although essentially a film about film making.
Writers/Script Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni
Additional Info Just for those who have recently arrived from another planet this is a celebrated Terry Gilliam project, famously failing in the past due to floods, jet aircraft and the deaths of the actors in the role of Don Quixote.
Director Terry Gilliam
Starring Adan Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgaad, Olga Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro, Jordi Mollà
Elevator Pitch A director of a vodka commercial featuring aspects of the Don Quixote tale finds that the location is close to the village where he had filmed a version of the Cervantes story, and so decides to visit it.  He finds that his work has changed the lives of some of the inhabitants, recruited ten years earlier, including that of a young woman and an old man who has remained in the role of the deluded Don. The director is reluctantly forced into becoming Sancho Panza, and the two once more embark on the quest to “bring justice to the world”.
Content Scenes on the film set in the shadow of Spanish wind turbines, thence to the village both with the student film maker and in the present, and then into the world of the knight with a shakey grasp on reality, including a visit to a compound maybe involving terrorists, and one way or another numerous set pieces involving people in medieval clothing. Early on an attempted seduction, foiled by the return of the woman’s husband which propels the director inevitably towards his fantasy fate.
A View My wife and I had seen “Lost in La Manche” the story of the first failed film back in 2002, and yesterday we went together to see this version in Madrid. It is a homage to the previous attempts and to Spain itself, a country containing many ruined villages, several of which feature in the movie as well as some desolate landscapes. Honestly, it is a bit too long and just as you are getting to grips with the plot it dives off in a different direction. But despite mixed reviews surely if you are a movie enthusiast you can’t possibly miss it.

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