Lost in LaMancha

The Story of Terry Gilliam’s 18- Year Quest to Reinvent the Don Quixote Story

A Cautionary Tale of Film Development Hell and a Great Documentary

 This is the story of Terry Gilliam’s 18-year quest to make his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote – his version of tilting at windmills perhaps?   Who knows what it will do at the box office. It made it to Cannes, but the reviews are mixed. That film plagued by a series of incredible disasters and set-backs is now finally in the can. The saga of its production, however, told in the documentary, Lost in La Mancha, is perhaps far more fascinating. It is a cautionary tale of development hell and a great documentary. The film will be screened at the Electric Theater on June 29th at 7 PM. 

The Guardian summed it well last year, when writing about The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

“Still, even if the finished product isn’t any cop, we have still got a great work out of this long-running saga. Lost in La Mancha, the documentary about the troubled production, is one of the finest films about film-making, a testament to the passion, and folly, of Gilliam’s grand undertaking. If nothing else, we can thank him for that.”

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.

Follow director Terry Gilliam on his quest to bring Don Quixote to the big screen. At times hilarious, this intimate film features Johnny Depp and is a unique, in-depth look at the harsher realities of filmmaking. From flash floods to cast no-shows to serious injuries, Gilliam and his crew suffer one setback after another.  Gilliam’s failure in making the movie led it to be re titled Lost in la Mancha and to be released independently. It is a cautionary tale.  It co-stars Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort, and Vanessa Paradis, all supposed to star in the film they tried to make,The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, and is narrated by Jeff Bridges.



Hosted by writers and directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe


JUNE 29 @ 7 pm

Electric Theater

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