Don Quixote


Grigori Kozintzev tackles Cerantes' epic novel

As with his later adaptation of Hamlet and King Lear, Russian director Grigori Kozintzev captures the essence of his source material, even if the sprawl of Cervantes’ original epic is inevitably curtailed.

Veteran Nikolai Cherkasov, nearing the end of his career, makes a touchingly fragile Quixote, with tubby Yuri Tolubeyev lovably human as Sancho Panza.

Shot in Sovscope (by Kozintsev’s longtime DoP, Andrei Moskvin) and subtle Agfacolor, the Crimean locations offer a good stand-in for the scorched plateaus of Spain.

Some extras might have been nice, though.

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