May 23, 2019 - 6:00 pm
We welcome back Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Terry George for a special entry in the “Films that Changed Film” series: Terry Gilliam’s “Don Quixote” journey.
The evening will start with “Lost in La Mancha,” a documentary that details acclaimed director Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated attempt to film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” in late 2000. Piece by piece, a series of unfortunate injuries, interruptions and weather delays conspired to shut down Gilliam’s decades-long dream to make the film—and the “making of” DVD featurette turned into one of the most revealing documentary features about everything and anything that can go wrong in filmmaking.
Terry George will lead a short discussion after the documentary, and that will be followed by a screening of “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”— finished, at last, in 2018 and starring Adam Driver as Toby, a cynical advertising director who finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote.
In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth—and Gilliam is finally able to put his vision on screen.
“This combined screening,” says Terry George, “is a warning to all who venture into the business of filmmaking, and a tribute to the tenacity and visual genius of filmmaker Terry Gilliam. I’m looking forward to a fun night.”