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.
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A powerful account of the trials in contemporary film production pursuits for autonomy despite the ingenuity of circumstance to derail the most planned sequences and shoots. Gilliam is a notorious maverick whose wild visions are hard to pin down into a pragmatic core, yet his scope is vital for the future of cinema. Despite the logistical failure of this vision, I can't help but admire Gilliam more.
God does not want Gilliam making movies. I don't know that there has ever been a director more plagued with bad luck on his sets. Perhaps his ambitions are too high but for crying out loud! Can he ever catch a break?
Fascinating documentary and one for every director or producing film student to see before setting out.
sometimes a documentary team are in the right place at the right time, due to luck as well as their intentions, and catch some of the key events and most of the key people. 4.5* upgraded to 5*because, well just because.
Utterly devastating, if somehow incomplete. I yearn for the finished version - the Rochefort version. How does Johnny Depp still manage to come across as the coolest guy in the world amongst all the mayhem?
For someone like me who is as interested in the process of making films as enjoying the finished product, this was a fascinating documentary. Poor Gilliam - one of our most interesting directors - was destined to fail in this attempt to make Quixote. I hope that one day he gets another chance.
An interesting if narrow insight into Gilliam and modern filmmaking. While it felt as if its main aim was to fuel the Gilliam/Quixote myth, it also blew some of the fog away, and at times I struggled to buy into Gilliam's vision.