Don Quixote is an unfinished film project directed and produced between 1955 and 1969 by Orson Welles.
Don Quixote was initially conceived as a 30-minute film for CBS. Rather than offer a literal adaptation of the Miguel de Cervantes novel, Welles opted to bring the characters of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza into the modern age as living anachronisms. Welles explained his idea in an interview, stating: "My Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are exactly and traditionally drawn from Cervantes, but are nonetheless contemporary."
Welles shot test footage of actor Mischa Auer as Don Quixote, but representatives from CBS viewed unedited film and were unhappy with Welles' concept, cancelling the project. Welles decided to push ahead by expanding the production into a feature film. Singer/actor Frank Sinatra invested US$25,000 in the new film, with Welles providing additional self-funding derived from his work as an actor.
In 1958, Welles headed to Mexico City to begin work on the feature-length...