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Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

Lost in La Mancha

89' - 2002 - Documentary - Dialogue: Spanish, French, English
Director: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe Composer: Miriam Cutler With: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort
In September 2000, when the cameras began rolling on Terry Gilliam's adaptation of Don Quixote, the production had a chequered past including two previous attempts to start the film.
Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe join Gilliam’s production team eight weeks before the shoot. They witness the successes as well as the failures. Problems emerge, among which language barriers between the multilingual crew and problems involved in organizing the actors. Not long into production disaster strikes: flash floods destroy sets and damage camera equipment; the lead actor falls seriously ill; and on the sixth day production is brought to its knees. Uniquely, after Quixote's cameras have stopped rolling, the documentary continues to record events as they unfold: the crew waits, insurance men and bondsmen scramble with interpretations of 'force majeure' and behind it Gilliam struggles to maintain both belief and momentum in his project.

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Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe


Miriam Cutler


Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort


Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

Director of Photography

Louis Pepe


Jacob Bricca

More information


Spanish, French, English

Countries of production

United Kingdom



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