Movies: Terry Gilliam: Wilting at Windmills

Terry Gilliam set out to make a Don Quixote film but ended up in a tale about impossible dreams

The casting is almost too good to be true: Terry Gilliam, that most quixotic of directors, sets out to make a new film version of Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha. Gilliam is a guy with a paradoxical, occasionally self-destructive desire to make what are essentially art movies on huge budgets. Sometimes the results are entrancing (Time Bandits, The Fisher King). Sometimes they are disastrous (Brazil involved him in a famously acrimonious final-cut fight with the studio; The Adventures of Baron Munchausen went insanely over budget). You never know what you will get when he sets forth on one of his...

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