1992, Un-rated, 116 Minutes, El Silencio Producciones.
Perhaps the most fascinating component of the films directed by Orson Welles was the masterpiece he never lived to complete. Beginning in 1957 and continuing on-and-off for the next 15 years, Welles self-financed and directed an audacious film version of Cervantes' Don Quixote which brought the legendary knight and his rotund aide Sancho Panza out of 16th century Andalusia and into the world of (then-) modern Spain.
But despite his genius behind the camera, Welles was remarkably neglectful in maintaining and preserving the footage he created and much of his work was considered lost...and the footage that remained was not properly stored! However, throughout the 1980s and early 1990s the Spanish filmmakers Jess Franco (who served as Welles' second unit director on Chimes at Midnight) and Patxi Irigoyen tracked down nearly all of the surviving footage, finished the incomplete soundtrack based on Welles' notes, restored the footage where they could and offered a reconstructed Don Quixote de Orson Welles in 1992.
Cast: Cast overview:
Francisco Reiguera ... Don Quijote (archive footage)
Akim Tamiroff ... Sancho Panza
Orson Welles ... Himself (in new version) (archive footage)
José Mediavilla ... Don Quixote (in new version) (voice)
Juan Carlos Ordóñez ... Sancho Panza (in new version) (voice)
Constantino Romero ... Narrator (in new version) (voice)
Fernando Rey ... Closing Scene Narrator (in new version) (voice)
Country:Spain | Italy | USA
Language:Spanish with English subtitles
Color:Black and White