Steve Daly
July 11, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lost in La Mancha

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
89 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/31/03
performer
Jeff Bridges, Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam
director
Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

We gave it a B+

Set to chronicle director Terry Gilliam’s long-planned adaptation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, documentarians Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe stumbled into a comedy of errors: The movie blew up in Gilliam’s face. Derailed by a debilitated leading man (Jean Rochefort) and a freak flood, the shoot folded six days in — but not before providing the grist for a now-funny, now-melancholy unmaking-of story. EXTRAS They border on overkill, what with nine deleted scenes and six more video ”sound bite” outtakes, but two hour-long interviews with Gilliam (one by Salman Rushdie, the other by New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell) convey both his sizzling intellect and his tendency toward mania.

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