Cervantes' epic novel DON QUIXOTE is notoriously un-filmable--several major directors have tried, only to be left with half of a finished project after a series of disasters. The most mysterious of these incomplete attempts belongs to Orson Welles; the legendary director began shooting his adaptation in 1955, but a final product was never released. This presentation of ORSON WELLES' DON QUIXOTE is a simulation of the auteur's vision, crafted after his death by assistant director Jess Franco using Welles's extensive notes and copious raw footage.
Description by Image Entertainment:
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 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.