Quijote (2006)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Drama  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Nathan Southern

The feature film Quijote constitutes one-third of a triumvirate of interrelated artistic endeavors, all completed by the celebrated Spanish painter Mimmo Paladino. Inspired by what he considers the "eternal modernity" of the underdog and dreamer at the heart of Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth century novel (the character who inspired the term 'quixotic'), Paladino interpreted the roman in several different media. The first involved creating and mounting a massive artistic exhibition to relay the tale of Quixote, that transports the audience into the knight's imaginary realm with over fifteen paintings and bronzes and forty watercolors. The accompanying film tells the same story with a cast of live actors that includes: Peppe Servillo (as Quixote), Lucio Dalla (as Sancho Panza), Enzo Cucchi (as Merlin the Wizard), Ginestra Paladino (as Dulcinea) and Alessandro Bergonzoni (as Wizard Festone). This co-production of Regione Campania and Ananas s.r.l relays Cervantes's now-familiar tale of Alonso Quixano, the delusional, overly-literate squire who sets out to right the world of wrongs in the name of his venerated lass, Aldonsa.

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chivalry, dream, eccentric, governor, hick, island, knight, knight-errant, quest