As incredible as it may seem, Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is finally finished, ready for its big Cannes Film Festival premiere, and now we're seeing honest-to-God footage from the film itself. If you've been following this movie's insanely complicated and disastrous production history over the years, you'll understand when I say - with full sincerity - what a time to be alive.
Today, we've got our first three clips from the film. Let's see what we can see.
In our first clip, Toby (Adam Driver) confronts Don Quixote (Jonathan Pryce) as to his true identity: Toby previously knew this man as an actor who appeared in film Toby made a decade prior, but now he's convinced he's the real Don Quixote (and that Toby is his loyal sidekick, Sancho Panza). One suspects we'll see a lot of this kinda interplay in the film, which finds both characters "jumping back and forth in time between the 21st and magical 17th century".
Here we seem to be getting a behind-the-scenes look at the film Toby mentions in the previous clip: the crew is resting at a local pub when one of them bumps into Toby's server, which sends "Don Quixote" leaping into action to defend her honor. Toby's charmed by the man's bravery and conviction, and seems to take an immediate liking to him.
Aaaand finally, we have Quixote and Toby encountering...uh...y'know what, I'm just gonna be honest here and admit I have no idea who those people are or what the context of this scene is. Starts off seeming like this might be one of the alternate 17th century scenes, but that theory gets blown out of the water once those characters at the end of the clip show up. I got nothing, folks.
Anyway, what do we make of all this? We're still figuring out how all these pieces fit together (a thing that becomes slightly more complicated if you conflate this version of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote with previous iterations of the project, which didn't necessarily follow the same plot), but what's here looks fun and colorful and full of energy. Sure, the budget might be showing around the edges, but Gilliam's overcome that sort of thing before (he has, in fact, overcome far worse). We're into it!
We still have no idea when we'll actually get to see The Man Who Killed Don Quixote - if you hadn't heard, Amazon's apparently not going to distribute the film anymore - but we're keeping our ear to the ground for any and all developments on that front, and will keep you informed as updates roll in. In the meantime, what do you folks make of the above clips? Feeling 'em? Not so much? Sound off in the comments below.