Lost in La Mancha
Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.
Lost in La Mancha is a 2002 documentary film about the making of Terry Gilliam's first attempt at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. His effort was a film adaptation of the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The documentary was shot in 2000 during Gilliam's first attempt to make the film, as an intended work of the genre known as the "making-of". But Gilliam's failure to complete his movie resulted in the documentary filmmakers retitling their work as Lost in la Mancha and releasing it independently.
Critic Leonard Maltin has described Lost in La Mancha as one of the best films about the process of moviemaking. It was nominated for various awards, including a BAFTA Award and a Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film. It won a Satellite Award for Best Documentary.
'Anyone who thinks making movies is easy needs to see this hilariously painful cautionary tale. It's a tribute to Gilliam that he never once took off his mike or asked the filmmakers to stop rolling.' Newsweek
'Gilliam himself is a joy to behold. His wit stays sharp even as his fortunes dull, and the conditions that conspire against him only prove the mettle in our man of La Mancha.' Globe and Mail
'A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day.' Washington Post
Evening Standard British Film Awards 2003 Winner Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Keith Fulton
Satellite Awards 2004 Winner Golden Satellite Award Best Documentary DVD
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Dublin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Dublin Film Critics Award for Best Documentary
Empire Awards, UK 2018 Winner of the Empire Award for Best Documentary
Golden Trailer Awards 2017 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Best Documentary
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2018 Winner of the ALFS Award for Documentary of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2016 Winner of the LAFCA Award for Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
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San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2016 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Documentary
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