Don Quixote (Don Quijote de Orson Welles)
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Don Quixote (Don Quijote de Orson Welles)
Over the course of his lifetime, the legendary director Orson Welles (1915-1985) was forced to leave many of his grander movie-making projects unfinished, generally for want of sustained financial backing. Each successive unfinished effort generated buzz throughout the worshipful film community that only served to brighten the luster of his legend. Thus it was only a matter of time before one of his many admirers bought the rights to the fairly extensive footage he shot for his film Don Quixote (begun in 1955) and attempted to edit it into some semblance of a finished film, based on research… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"This assemblage of Welles's footage by Jess Franco, from 1992, is crude, gappy, and slapdash, but it hardly matters: the pathos of Welles's thinly veiled self-portrait is almost unbearable."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The least of Welles' features, but just as intriguing as his major works"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"[The] result is a travesty that will please no one, least of all Welles enthusiasts."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Long-delayed reconstruction of Welles' unfinished Cervantes project."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"[Jess] Franco's version is not even an approximation, never mind a reconstruction.... But even as a visual record of Welles' raw footage it's a travesty."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Using guesswork and very little talent, a bunch of well-intentioned film buffs tried to piece together a lot of raw footage into something resembling the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. They failed."
‑ Scott Renshaw,
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