The timeless tale of imagination and the human will comes to the screen like never before in Orson Welles' Don Quixote.. Many of Welles' film projects remained incomplete at the time of his death, and for years the footage... more » from this incomplete version remained locked away, unseen by the public. Finally a release undertaken by his assistant director, Jess Franco, unveils this unique vision of two men, Don Quixote (Francisco Reiguera, Major Dundee) and his companion Sancho Panza (Akim Tamiroff, Alphaville), whose journey through provincial Spain suddenly pits them against enemies both real and imagined in the modern world. An audacious, fascinating, and rarely-seen piece of film history, Don Quixote is essential viewing from one of the world's most revered and influential filmmakers.« less
"I am an Orson Welles fanatic. I love Chimes At Midnight and Othello and Macbeth and Ambersons and Kane and etc etc etc. I bought this not expecting much other than perhaps some beautifully filmed scenes. I was not prepared for it to be so unremittingly awful though. The film is in less than bad shape. The shots are not strong in the slightest and the whole thing is put together terribly. They try to dub it and nothing works. In addition, the actor hired as narrator is doing an absurd imitation of Welles himself. The editing is also semi professional. The whole thing is a shambles. I say avoid it at all costs. Even if you adore Welles and think you need this to complete your knowledge of him and his work, you DON'T. You will be sorely disappointed. It is just awful."
Better Than Nothing!!!
Richard Masloski | New Windsor, New York USA | 01/03/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Maestro is dead. This is most assuredly NOT what the Maestro would have given us. But this "assemblage" of Welles' footage and much of his own voice-overs is well worth watching. The lead actors are picture perfect for their legendary parts. The music is extremely good. There are many, many touching scenes and many, many hilarious scenes that do Cervantes proud. The Welles-imitating narrator does a wonderful job tying things together. Yes, the scene of Don attacking a battle scene on a movie theatre screen is locked up in litigation somewheres and Patty McCormack is nowhere to seen in this version and the nuclear blast that Welles intended our heroes to survive is not here as it most likely was never filmed. But...IT'S ALL TRUE was pieced together and proved better than nothing. And even AMBERSONS, mutilated and defiled with scenes shot by hacks and parts scored by a much lesser talent than Bernard Herrmann, is still a crown jewel in film history. Even earlier mangled versions of TOUCH OF EVIL were accepted in spite of the manglings until the "restoration" was made. Some small sketches by Leonardo were recently found on the back of a Da Vinci painting in the Louvre and the art world rejoices. Well, here are several cinematic sketches stitched together - but instead of a Frankenstein Monster of a film we get a glimpse at what might have been. We get some of Welles - and some of Welles goes a long, long way. And to those who complain about the voice-changes from scene to scene....oddly enough, the different voices add to the surrealism of our Knight Errant in Modern Times. And, as I've said, to hear Welles' voice by turns touching, by turns hilarious is a pure joy. Well worth it, despite its flaws."
Very poor adaption for the screen
M. Lannstrom | Sweden | 11/25/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I've loved Miguel de Cervante's novel "Don Quixote" for as long as I can remember.
The story, as I'm sure you already know, is about Don Quixote, an idealist, a noble-minded, an enthusiastic admirer of everything good and great, yet having all these fine qualities accidentally blended with a relative kind of madness. His main problem is that the medival institution of knighthood has passed for over a hundred years (the novel was first published 1605 and was set in "of today"). Yet he sets out, in his armour and shaving-hat, believing he's a nobel knight, to save fair maidens and do good in the world. Sancho Panza is Don Quixote's sidekick. He's the complete opposite of his master, with his practicality and grossness.
The film takes place in the 1900-hundreds. The "normal" people are launching their first missle to the moon, as Don Quixote is out fighting windmills. We see cars and other motorvehicles roaring by at many occassions. In one scene Don Quixote halts a moped driven by a "fair lady", to save her from it.
The screen quality is sometimes just plain awful. Some are too dark and some are too bright. And there's no tact. Some sequences are too long. Or maybe it was just me who got frustrated when Sancho danced and cheered with his family for 15 minutes?
The dubbing really annoyed me. The dubbing-voices are cheaply done, you can clearly see how the characters mouths on the screen are moving, though the voice-over is giving you nothing. I would've much prefered to watch a movie in spanish, with english subtitles.
One of the few things I like about this movie, that worked for me, is how Sancho and Don Quixote is potrayed. Don Quixote, tall, bearded and thin as a thread upon his trusted Rocinante. And Sancho, fat and short, on his mule right beside him.
The music is pretty good. It sets a medival mood.
Ultimately, most things about the movie just feels cheap and underworked. For me, it seems like a movie with a lot of flaws. But at the same time, some parts are quite enjoyable.
All in all, I wouldn't really advice people to buy it, though."
This travesty SUCKS!!!!!!!!!
chris velz | 01/10/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Orson Welles, my source says, had nothing to do with this end product. While he shot the footage decades ago,someone slapped this piece of crap together years after Welles died. The result is a collection of shots, mostly long shots with voice overs, amateurishly edited together. Do not buy this, do not rent this. Thistravesty should be out of print."
Lauren Sharon | 12/18/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This may be the worst movie I've every seen. From a Spanish point of view, it was sort of with the book for about half the movie, but then went off the deep end. The film was also poorly dubbed and just poorly done. It sounded like they were in a tunnel. I doubt that Orson Welles would want his name on this."