Toby, a disillusioned advertising executive, becomes pulled into a world of time jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler believes him to be Sancho Panza. He gradually becomes unable to tell dreams from reality.
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Almost insane enough to bypass critism. Gilliam's favourite film (8 1/2) reigns heavy here - like Allen's 'Stardust memories' (self proclaimed "4 1/4 at best") - which leaves Don Quixote around the 2 1/8 mark.
Right before I watched the film, I learned of the passing of a friend. He was a baritone, and one of the pieces he loved to sing (wonderfully) was Jacques Ibert's song cycle on Don Quixotte, which I would accompany on the piano. Throughout the whole film, I heard his voice in my head echoing what I saw on the screen. As usual, Gillian at his picaresque, lyrical and over-the-top self, but profound and touching.