man of la mancha

the year: 1972

the genre: musical

the cast: Peter O'Toole (Don Quixote de la Mancha / Miguel de Cervantes / Alonso Quijana); Sophia Loren (Dulcinea / Aldonza); James Coco (Sancho Panza / Cervante's manservant)

the plot: In the sixteenth century, Miguel de Cervantes, poet, playwright, and part-time actor, has been arrested, together with his manservant, by the Spanish Inquisition. They are accused of presenting an entertainment offensive to the Inquisition. Inside the huge dungeon into which they have been cast, the other prisoners gang up on Cervantes and his manservant, and begin a mock trial, with the intention of stealing or burning his possessions. Cervantes wishes to desperately save a manuscript he carries with him and stages, with costumes, makeup, and the participation of the other prisoners, an unusual defense--the story of Don Quixote.

don't miss: the great songs. Knight of the Woeful Countenance? A single tear.

listen for: "I can hear the cuckoo singing in the cuckooberry tree." "If he says that that's a helmet, I suggest that you agree."

did you know: Peter O'Toole recorded his vocal tracks for the film, but realized that his own singing voice was not good enough for the requirements of the music, so he assisted in the search for a voice double.

you can watch the movie in parts, starting here.


Erika said...

Wow, from the slapstick of Clouseau to the pathos of Don Quixote in one post! I don't know if I can make the switch that fast.

Little known trivia: I impressed my Spanish teacher in 9th grade--for bonus on our test after watching the movie we were to write any of the words we remembered from "The Impossible Dream"...I wrote down all three verses.

Scott said...

I wonder if this show will be as entertaining when I'm in my 50's, 60's and facing senility.

Much as I enjoy Peter O'Toole, check out this version by Brian Stokes. He has a much better voice.


Laney said...

Oh Brian Stokes Mitchell has such an amazing voice. We have his Christmas Special with MoTab and it's awesome.