Paste Magazine reports that director Terry Gilliam may return to filming The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, his take on the Miguel Cervantes’ classic. Several years ago I saw the great documentary Lost in La Mancha (at the Brattle Theatre of course!), the equally hillarious and painful to watch depiction of how this film turned into a fiasco that had to be abandoned. All indications though it that should the film ever be completed it would be a great movie.
Gilliam has a long history of making low-budget films that became big hits and blockbuster-budget films that flopped. He has a particular vision and style that makes anything he directs at least enjoyable (with one exception). He started out as the animator/American guy on Monty Python’s Flying Circus and co-directed their first feature film and directed a humorous short preceding their last movie. His best work on his own of the movies I’ve seen would be Brazil, The Fisher King, and Twelve Monkeys. I hope he gets this project done.
Closer to home, the Jamaica Plain Gazette has a story on the documentary Jamaica Plain Spoken. According to the artice the movie features residents of JP answering a set of questions, and is developed to show Jamaica Plain as a microcosm of American society. As grandiose as that claim may sound, I think they have a point. JP is an amazingly diverse and wonderful place and everyday I consider myself lucky to live here.