Nearly 30 years in the making, director Terry Gilliam finally realizes his passion project in his new film.
Famous for his single-minded determination and uncompromising creative integrity, legendary director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python’s Flying Circus, 12 Monkeys) is not one to back down, but his attempt to bring Miguel de Cervantes’ beloved picaresque novel to life would have tested anyone.
In development since 1989, the project that eventually became The Man Who Killed Don Quixote underwent numerous rewrites, countless cast changes and funding rounds; on the rare occasions it got to shooting, a farcical number of unfortunate events conspired to kill the project, even inspiring a documentary on Gilliam’s failed attempt in 2000, Lost in La Mancha.
But just like his titular hero, Gilliam persist-ed – and has now prevailed. In a plot reminiscent of The Fisher King, Gilliam’s 1991 take on Arthurian legend, The Man who Killed Don Quixote has cynical film director Toby (Adam Driver) confronted with the unintended consequences of his first student film, Don Quixote – including a now-deranged actor who now believes he is the famous knight errant (Jona-than Pryce).
Pressed into service as Sancho Panza, Toby is forced on an epic quest to restore chivalry as fantasy and reality increasingly merge.
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