It’s almost here.. for us Gilliam fans this is something akin to the Holy Grail; a lost, presumed missing and never to be seen film from one of cinema’s true visionaries. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has its first trailer, decades after cameras first rolled on the initial version of the story.
Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s sterling 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha told the whole sorry story of the director’s ill fated attempt to get the film shot back in 2000. It’s a riveting exploration of a passion project falling apart, and it is a heartbreaking film. Never one to lie down and think of England, Gilliam was able to resurrect the project with Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro, and Stellan Skarsgard taking on the leading roles. Now we have our first look at the film.
Problems still hover over the film however, with legal disputes threatening to unhinge the production from the planned release schedule. Gilliam’s Facebook page is currently giving commentary on the nonsense in true Pythonesque style.
Then, shortly after…
Whatever happens to proposed the Cannes date, and it’s looking particularly unlikely, this film has been a long time in coming, and with this trailer we are closer than ever to seeing Gilliam’s vision finally making its way to the big screen.
Here’s the trailer,
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Trailer