In both cases, the directors were keen to make the film, (in Gilliam's case, he was also the scriptwriter, and had already spent 7 years trying to secure funding to start production; in Coppola's case, he had commissioned the script and believed that it would redefine public perceptions of war) and therefore provided the central impetus for the filming. Both productions were disrupted by adverse weather; in the case of "Apocalypse Now", a typhoon wrecked sets and trapped the cast and crew in their accommodation, while "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" had its normally arid primary location resculpted mid-shoot by a torrential rainstorm (which also led to extensive water-damage to the props), and their stars suffering from health problems which left them unable to participate in filming for several weeks.
Lost in La Mancha Part 6 (2009)
Due to the abreviated nature of the actual shooting (the insurance company shut the shoot down midway through the second week), a significant part of "Lost in La Mancha" is taken up with the processes of pre-production, in particular Gilliam working out the design of scenery elements and props, as well as location scouting (with retrospect, his choice of a location adjacent to a NATO bombing range was less than ideal). It is these moments, along with Gilliam's storyboards, that give a glimpse of the film that might have been.
|Fig.1 Baron Munchhausen Animation|
List of Illustrations
Figure 1. Baron Munchhausen Animation (2002) From: Lost in La Mancha Directed by: Keith Fulton, Loise Pepe. [Film Still] [Online] At: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/51rPatNI-9Y/0.jpg (Accessed on 03/10/2011)
Lost in La Mancha (2009) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF_Lz23Xzsw (Accessed on 03/10/2011
Lost in La Mancha (2002) Directed by: Keith Fulton, Loise Pepe [DVD]
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) Directed by: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola (documentary footage) [DVD]
Ebert, R (1992) Heart of Darkness: A filmmaker's Apocalypse http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19920117/REVIEWS/201170301 (Accessed on 03/10/2011)
Ebert, R (2003) Lost in La Mancha http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030214/REVIEWS/302140303 (Accessed on 03/10/2011)
GA (2011) Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/71847/hearts_of_darkness-a_filmmakers_apocalypse.html (Accessed on 03/10/2011)
IMDb.com, Inc. (1990) Lost in La Mancha (2002) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0308514/ (Accessed on 03/10/2011)
IMDb.com, Inc. (1990) Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102015/ (Accessed on 03/10/2011)
Mitchell, E (2003) Lost in La Mancha (2002) http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C0CE3D61F39F932A05752C0A9659C8B63&partner=Rotten Tomatoes (Accessed on 03/10/2011)