Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Director: G.W. Pabst Cast: Feodor Chaliapin Sr., George Robey, Oscar Asche


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The French/British Don Quixote is a faithful rendition of the Cervantes novel, with a poignant ending added by director G.W. Pabst. Opera star Feodor Chaliapin stars as Cervantes' "Knight of the Woeful Countenance," an aged, addled Spanish gentleman so devoted to stories of long-ago chivalry that he decides to relive those bygone days. With his faithful squire, Sancho Panza (George Robey), Don Quixote rides off to tilt at windmills and to worship chubby milkmaid Dulcinea (Renée Valliers) as his lady fair. Sancho manages to save Quixote from killing himself, but cannot prevent the old gent from returning home utterly disillusioned. Director Pabst alters Cervantes' original ending by having the dispirited Quixote pass away as he watches his precious books on chivalry going up in flames. There are actually two versions of Don Quixote, one in English and one in French; the French-language version has a different supporting cast, but Pabst draws the same deep emotions and brilliant bits of business from both. Though the film unfailingly comes to life in front of an audience, Don Quixote is generally out of favor with devotees of G.W. Pabst, who consider the film a step down from his brilliant silent work.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2006
UPC: 0089948436799
Original Release: 1933
Source: Video Artists Int'l
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 0:55:00
Sales rank: 69,777

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Feodor Chaliapin Don Quixote
George Robey Sancho Panza
Oscar Asche Police Captain
Emily Fitzroy Sancho's Wife
Frank Stanmore Priest
Miles Mander The Duke
Lydia Sherwood Duchess
Dannio Carrasco
Wally Patch Gypsy King
Sidney Fox The Niece
Renee Valliers Dulcinea
Genica Anet Servant at Inn

Technical Credits
G.W. Pabst Director,Producer
Alexandre Arnoux Screenwriter
Dargomisjsky Songwriter
Nicolas Farkas Cinematographer
Jacques Ibert Score Composer
Paul Morand Screenwriter
Nelson Vandor Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chaliapin: Adventures of Don Quixote
1. Chapter 1 [:32]
2. Introduction; Selling Property to Buy Books [5:54]
3. Song: "Sierra Nevada" [3:16]
4. Presentation of "Amadis of Gaul" [5:05]
5. Song: "This Castle New" [2:12]
6. Battle With a Herd of Sheep [2:53]
7. In Search of Dulcinea and a New Helmet [3:09]
8. Freeing the Prisoners [4:20]
9. Song: "Knights Never Eat" [3:13]
10. The Trap Is Set [4:13]
11. Song: "The Song I Sing" [4:18]
12. The Joust [6:08]
13. The Windmills [3:53]
14. The Burning of the Books [2:07]
15. Song: "Don't Cry, Sancho Dear" [2:59]
16. Closing Credits [:59]

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