Lost in La Mancha

Filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe chronicle the making of a movie that was never actually completed in this documentary about Terry Gilliam's repeated (and repeatedly failed) attempts to bring the story of Don Quixote to the big screen. In the end, it seems Gilliam's passionate project -- which starred Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort -- metamorphosed into the impossible dream.
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Wondrous document of a film gone wrong and an artist who inspires fans, cast and crew, even as he terrifies financiers, insurers and anyone more firmly footed in filmmaking reality.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
A fascinating study in the cinematic arts, as we watch a talented director and a committed crew and cast thwarted by nature, human failings and just plain bad luck.
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
Gilliam himself is a joy to behold. His wit stays sharp even as his fortunes dull, and the conditions that conspire against him only prove the mettle in our man of La Mancha.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
Should be required viewing for all film-school students, aspiring filmmakers and studio suits.
Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News  full review
Bitterly funny and oddly poignant.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution  full review
One hopes that some day Gilliam gets to realize his dream, but in the meantime, in Lost In La Mancha, the shards of that dream offer tantalizing -- and tear-inducing -- glimpses of what might have been.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
I'd like Lost in La Mancha more if it didn't take the easy but misleading route of dovetailing Gilliam's frustrations into Welles's, and then dovetailing both into Quixote's.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader  full review
It's disconcerting to recommend this movie for its entertainment value, but highly watchable it is.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post
A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post  full review
Entertaining documentary about how badly everything went.
Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle  full review
A fascinating glimpse at the fragile ecosystem of a movie shoot, but I'm bound to say that I don't share its view of Gilliam.
Some films end with a whimper; this one banged into a stone wall.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
[Works best] as an entry in the genre of Hollywood schadenfreude pioneered by the 1991 Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
You can interpret Lost in La Mancha as a sort of triumph of the creative spirit.
Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune  full review
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