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Lost in La Mancha

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United Kingdom, United States · 2002
Rated R · 1h 33m
Director Louis Pepe
Starring Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Philip A. Patterson, René Cleitman
Genre Documentary

This documentary captures Terry Gilliam's attempt to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote off the ground. Back injuries, freakish storms, and more zoom in to sabotage the project which yet to be resurrected.

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Dallas Observer by Bill Gallo

An ideal film for movie buffs, who are bound to delight in each new misfortune even as they sympathize with the documentarians' sometimes inflated vision of a tortured genius at work.


New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

Lost in La Mancha basically catches "Don Quixote" in free fall…It's our loss nonetheless. Gilliam is one of the great film fantasists of our age, and one expects he would have done Cervantes proud.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

At once bitterly funny and devastating, Lost In La Mancha sides with Gilliam in form and spirit, piecing together the train wreck with snaky humor and interludes that cleverly mimic his Monty Python collage animations.


The New Republic by Stanley Kauffmann

So this is not, as vaunted, a documentary about a film destroyed by temperaments and tizzies. It is the account of a medical catastrophe that could have spoiled the opening of a supermarket.

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