Lost in La Mancha

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  • R
  • 2003
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 7.3  (11,963)
  • 75

Lost in La Mancha is a documentary from 2002 that tells the story of Terry Gilliam's (Monty Python, Brazil) doomed attempt to bring his dream project, an adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes' classic novel Don Quixote, to the big screen. The film chronicles the disastrous and ultimately failed production of the film, which stars Jeff Bridges and Johnny Depp, in Spain in 2000.

The film begins with Gilliam's excitement about the upcoming project, which he describes as a "love letter" to Spanish culture. The documentary then follows Gilliam and his team as they prepare and begin filming in Spain, showing the excitement and anticipation of bringing the beloved literary character to the screen.

However, things quickly start to go wrong. The weather doesn't cooperate, equipment fails, and the budget starts to spiral out of control. The documentary shows the mounting stress on everyone involved in the production, as they struggle to keep the project afloat.

One of the main issues plaguing the production is the casting of the lead actor, Jean Rochefort, who is suffering from a chronic back problem that makes it difficult for him to ride a horse. In addition, the actors' accents prove to be a challenge, and the language barrier between the Spanish-speaking crew and the English-speaking Gilliam creates further communication problems.

As the production moves forward, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. Production is shut down due to lack of funding, leading to the entire cast and crew being sent home. Gilliam is left to reflect on what went wrong, and how he can recover from the setback.

Despite the film's troubled production, its failure to make it to the big screen actually led to its eventual success as a cult classic. The story of the production is a fascinating look behind the scenes of Hollywood and the challenges that filmmakers face in bringing their visions to life. It is also a testament to Terry Gilliam's persistence and creativity, despite the obstacles thrown his way.

Lost in La Mancha features interviews with Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges, and other members of the cast and crew, providing insight into the film's troubled production. Archival footage and behind-the-scenes footage also provide a glimpse into the making of the film, showcasing the elaborate sets and costumes that were created before the production was shut down.

In addition to being an engaging documentary about filmmaking, Lost in La Mancha is also a tragicomedy that captures the absurdities of the filmmaking process. It is a testament to the artistic vision of Terry Gilliam, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Overall, Lost in La Mancha is a fascinating and engaging documentary that takes viewers on a wild ride through the tumultuous production of Terry Gilliam's ill-fated Don Quixote adaptation. The film is a must-watch for anyone interested in filmmaking or the challenges of bringing a vision to life in Hollywood.

Lost in La Mancha is a 2003 documentary with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3 and a MetaScore of 75.

Lost in La Mancha
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