Lost in La Mancha, the 2002 documentary detailing Crazy Terry Gilliam’s™ ill-fated attempts to make a Don Quixote movie, has been on my mind all week.
First (and most tangentially), I posted Telemann’s “Burlesque de Don Quixotte” earlier this week, and I can’t even see (or use) the word “quixote” any more without thinking of Gilliam. The man’s a living, breathing, heart-breaking example of the term.
I love Terry Gilliam. I know him a little. Have you ever seen an animal, still alive, fighting for life in a steel trap? That’s Terry’s utterly unique, genius lunatic creativity fighting the system.
not-too-distant future, because that’s now Crazy Terry Gilliam™ rolls (whether he wants to or not.) But in the meantime, watch Lost in La Mancha. It’s streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT, can be rented from AMAZON INSTANT($) and SUNDANCE NOW($), is part of Sundance Now’s DOC CLUB service, and remains firmly ensconced as my second-favorite documentary about making movies ever. Right behind Burden of Dreams (which is streaming on HULU PLUS) and a smidge above Hearts of Darkness (which isn’t streaming anywhere, as far as I can tell).
But the deal is real! Terry Gilliam has that sweet, sweet Amazon money, and he’s going to use some of it to finally — finally! — put The Man Who Killed Don Quixote out into the world.
Visionary director Terry Gilliam has a dream. He wants to film the classic story of Don Quixote by recasting it as a trippy, time-traveling, mistaken-identity adventure with Johnny Depp as Quixote. After struggling for years to get financing, insurance and a cast in place, Gilliam travels to Spain and promptly watches his dream fall apart. From flash floods to cast no-shows to serious injuries, Gilliam and his crew suffer one setback after another.