Never underestimate what a difference watching a film on the big screen can make.
Tonight I went to see a film I NEVER thought I would get to see on the big screen because of all the legal wranglings it’s had to go through in the last year.
I have managed to see it on a German released DVD that I had to scrabble around until I found the English version on the disk, and because this preview showing with a recorded Q+A with director Terry Gilliam and Actor Jonathan Pryce was showing at a cinema that is a 45 minute drive away, in the evening, and between two 12.5 hour shifts at work, I very nearly didn’t go!
I am so glad I did!
I loved the film on DVD, but it takes on a whole new life on the big screen. It is absolutely stunning, and crazy, and if you are a Terry Gilliam fan, you are absolutely going to love this film.
Deep breath. I finally did it. I actually got to see ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.
……..and I wasn’t disappointed!!
After all the problems this film has gone through in the last year (well 25 years really) but particularly in the last year, I was really beginning to think I would never get to see this film.
After a small heart attack when I realised this was a German release of the Bluray, and that everything on the cover and all of the menu titles were written in German and when the film was played it was DUBBED in german!!….. I calmed down, went through all the settings and realised I could actually play it in the original English format. Any subtitles that came up, came up in both German and English.
So I settled myself down and watched it.
What can I say? It is your ‘typical’ Terry Gilliam film. Crazy, quirky, fanciful, amusing, stunning and beautifully filmed with some amazing imagery. Johnathan Pryce is superb as Don Quixote but Adam Driver is out of this world as Toby!!
For anyone who says that Adam can’t be a leading, romantic interest, think again! He starts the film as a bit of an arsehole but goes through a full range of emotions from confusion, surprise, anger, love and mental breakdown, and he does it all seamlessly. The scene where he dances with Angelica in period costume sent shivers up my spine.
I think this little video from Cannes last year sums things up quite nicely, but even here, Adam has a dig at himself when he says ‘It’s also good to have that beautiful landscape because when our acting is really bad you can just look at the mountains!!’.
Believe me when I say, there is no bad acting in this film!
Back in April 2018 (HERE) I wrote about a film called ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.
Premiering in Cannes in May 2018 and Directed by Terry Gilliam, but most importantly, starring Adam Driver who looks AMAZING in it!
The only problem now is that I have been waiting patiently for it to arrive because it has been tied up in a legal battle about rights ownership ever since!!
It has been shown at countless film festivals across Europe, even here in the UK, that I couldn’t attend and it has been released at various locations across Europe, but the legal battle has, so far, stopped it from going on general release worldwide.
I keep a check on it in the hope that I will get to see it in some form and a few weeks ago I spotted it in the DVD/Bluray section on Amazon. It was listed as ‘Currently unavailable’ and they didn’t know if they would be getting it or not, but it also had a date of Feb 7th with no pre-sale option.
I was intrigued and I kept my eye on it. When I checked the site on Feb 7th, there it was!!! For sale with delivery for TODAY!! I smashed the buy button so quick I nearly broke it!
I am writing this on Saturday morning and this is it’s current status….
Soooo close, but I’m not holding my breath. I was let down with an order over Xmas that they eventually realised they couldn’t fulfill and refunded. So until this order arrives through my door, I won’t believe it’s a reality and I will FINALLY be getting to see it. I would have rather seen it in the cinema but this is better than nothing and at least I get to see it again and again to my hearts content.
My only worry now is that I’ve hyped myself up about it too much. I know it’s going to be a quirky and typically ‘Terry Gilliam’ film and I have enjoyed his films in the past, particularly ‘The Fisher King’ and ‘Twelve Monkeys’.
The Red Knight imagery in the Fisher King was really stunning!!
So! I need to take my mind off of this so I am going into town with the hubby while he gets his eyes checked. We’re going for a spot of lunch somewhere and then doing a bit of a Tesco shop. I will be topping up the wine and nibbles so that I can put my feet up and ‘hopefully’, FINALLY, enjoy ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ tonight.
Then I have to seriously think about getting back on my diet on Monday. I haven’t been too well over the last three weeks and it’s gone to pot! With lots of comfort eating and way too much wine.
Need to get myself a little bit fitter if I’m going to be trekking all over London for 4 days with daughter number one in June!!
I am finishing this evening with a quick blog about Adam Driver and Cannes.
Like I’ve mentioned before, Adam has two films screening this year.
The first is the satirical comedy ‘Black Klansman’, a Spike Lee film based on a true story. It received rave reviews and it will be good to see if it wins a Palme D’or.
The second one is the much anticipated ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.
This film is not in competition and will be closing the festival tomorrow.
It has taken Terry Gilliam almost 30 years to complete as it has been plagued with various production troubles and is currently fighting a legal battle as to who owns the rights.
After a Paris Court ruled in favour of the film being screened at Cannes, it’s official premier will still be tomorrow but it will have a warning at the start stating that the rights to it “are subject to current proceedings”.
The final verdict on the rights issue will be announced on the 15th June and this will ultimately lead to general release if it’s successful.
Again, fingers crossed.
I absolutely cannot wait to see this one and if it gets hung up in a huge rights dispute it may never see the light of day. That said, it’s actually looking quite likely that the ruling will go in Terry Gilliam’s direction.
And I couldn’t finish this without mentioning just how stunning Adam looked this year.
It’s interesting to note just how short his hair is at the moment considering he’s due to start filming Star Wars Episode 9 in July.
Could Supreme Leader Kylo Ren be getting a more clean cut makeover?
Only another 19 months until we find out!!!! (Quietly sobbing as I wrap things up and go to bed)
Next month sees the 71st Cannes Film Festival in France and I’m excited to say that my main man, Adam Driver, has not just one, but TWO films being premiered there.
One in Competition and one closing the festival.
The one in competition is Black Klansman directed by Spike Lee.
It tells the true story of Ron Stallworth who was an African-American police officer from Colorado, who actually managed to infiltrate a local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter! His story was revealed in a 2006 tell all book of the same name.
That’s as much as I know about it so far. I have no idea what part Adam will be playing.
I’m hoping he will be Ron’s white colleague who went to the meetings in Ron’s place as it wouldn’t feel right if Adam was playing an actual ‘hate filled’ moron.
Anyway, the second film is ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ directed by Terry Gilliam.
I’ve blogged about this one already and I’ve been waiting a LONG time for it to arrive.
It gets released in France on the same day but there is still no release date for the UK!!
With 2 films at Cannes, I’m hoping that Adam will be in attendance. It makes sense. The timing is just right. It leaves him a couple of months to promote both of these films and have a bit of ‘down’ time before he starts to film ‘Star Wars Episode 9’ in July.
His last attendance at Cannes gave us some beautiful photos.
This came a little out of the blue today.
The first trailer for one of Adam’s new movies, due for release this year, has finally landed.
I’m thinking it will probably premier at Cannes if the French May release is correct on IMDB. Considering it was advertised profusely at Cannes in 2016 this is a fairly safe bet.
There’s no date for here in the UK yet.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, directed by Terry Gilliam.
I’ve known about this film now for almost two years and it was hoped that it would make it to last years Cannes Film Festival but various things didn’t go as planned, so here we are, with a release finally in out sights!
I must admit I had to do a little research.
I have heard of ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘Man of La Mancha’ and Sancho Panza but never really took much interest.
Briefly…. and with the help of Wikipedia…. I found the following.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra had two ‘DonQuixote’ volumes published in 1605 and 1615 and they are considered to be the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age.
The story follows the adventures of Alonso Quixano who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry and generally bring justice to the world under the name of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Along the way he recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire.
In the course of their travels, they meet innkeepers, prostitutes, goatherders, soldiers, priests, escaped convicts and scorned lovers.
Don Quixote’s tendency to intervene violently in matters irrelevant to himself, and his habit of not paying debts, result in deprivation, injuries, and humiliations, with Sancho often the victim.
That story alone is worth a movie but Terry Gilliam has taken it a step further, modernised it and written ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ loosely based on the original ‘Don Quixote’.
An advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza.
My interest in the film is due to the fact that Adam Driver is playing Toby the advertising executive/Sancho Panza and I’ve been dying to see our first glimpse of the film.
So here it is, and it looks like it’s going to be a wonderful ride!!
Can I just point out that Adam, in period costume AND dancing, is literally going to be the death of me.
I better not have to wait much longer than May to see it here in the UK.
I think I might cry!!