It's always a struggle to get a film made, but few filmmakers have had to endure as much hardship in seeing their visions realized than Terry Gilliam. The Monty Python alum and director of such modern-day fantasy classics as Time Bandits, The Fisher King, and Twelve Monkeys, Gilliam is a director who finds order only in disorder, and anyone familiar with the unbelievably troubled productions of The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen and Brazil knows that he has often had to fight tooth and nail to protect his films from the studios financing them. So when word came out that Gilliam was ready to set sail on his dream project – a unique and expensive version of the Don Quixote legend entitled The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, to be filmed on location in Spain – it was, as usual, taken with a grain of salt. A Gilliam film, fans know, is not something to count on until the ads start running in the newspaper.
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