Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

To Lost in La Mancha last night, a special screening to benefit SqueakyWheel. Co-director Keith Fulton came to town with a print of his documentary about the collapse of Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote. The movie works beautifully well on a number of levels: it is fascinating to see what goes into the making of a movie like this, of course; and it is even more interesting to see how precarious a project like this really is. This was the biggest budget movie ever attempted with exclusively European funding: as a result the documentary sometimes resembles a AIJA meeting, with a lot of French speaking lawyers smoking and talking on the phone and saying that something is "impossible". A major plot development turns on the meaning of "force majeure", which is funny if you go in for contractual language humor. Perhaps most importantly, the documentary is as close as we are likely to come to Gilliam's movie, which looks like it would have been brilliant.

Mr. Fulton was charming. His presence really made the event, and I think this is something that SW should try to do again.

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