This 1973 adaptation of the oft-filmed Miguel de Cervantes novel about an aging Spanish gentlemen attempting to relive the age of chivalry is actually a filmed record of the ballet version, created in 1869 by choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Ludwig Minkus. The ballet concentrates on a barber named Basilio, who wins the hand of his lady love with the help of knight-errant Don Quixote. The film was co-directed by Rudolf Nureyev and Robert Helpmann, who dance the leading roles of Basilio and Quixote. Others in the company are Ray Powell as Sancho Panza and Lucette Aldous as Kitty.
by Hal Erickson synopsis