The Curse Of Cervantes

The Arts

Terry Gilliam’s films are like pizza and sex; even when they’re not great, they’re still damned good. The only film of his I’ve actively hated was the defiantly unwatchable ‘Tideland’, and his recent ‘The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus’ was a total joy.

Gilliam needs a good writer – he always produces his best work when yoked to a decent scribe. Now ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’, the disastrous, on-off film that almost starred the wonderful Jean Rochefort has collapsed yet again as the backers have pulled out. Last time, Gilliam at least rescued a documentary from the awful problems he faced (sometimes of his own making) but this time he has a more insurmountable problem.

Warner Brothers are planning to steal his thunder with a family-friendly spoiler version of the same story along the lines of ‘Prince Of Persia’. Let’s hope Gilliam’s film turns out to be half as good as the drama surrounding it.

2 comments on “The Curse Of Cervantes”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I hope this film actually happens this time. I saw the documentary and it was a heartbreaker. I especially enjoyed his discussion with Salman Rushdie. I’ve just come across your books for the first time. Very good reads. Thanks.

  2. Jean Rochefort would have been so great in that one.

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