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According to reviews, this film was shortened by one thousand feet after its opening at the Knickerbocker Theater in New York. Other films based on the same source include a 1908 French version made by Georges Méliès; a 1923 British version directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Jerrold Robertshaw; a 1933 British version directed by G. W. Pabst and starring Feodor Chaliapin; a 1947 Spanish version directed by Rafael Gil and starring Rafael Rivelles; a 1957 Russian version directed by Grigori Kozintsev; a 1962 Spanish version entitled Dulcinea (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70 ; F2.1240); and a 1972 American version entitled Man of La Mancha , directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Peter ... More Less

According to reviews, this film was shortened by one thousand feet after its opening at the Knickerbocker Theater in New York. Other films based on the same source include a 1908 French version made by Georges Méliès; a 1923 British version directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Jerrold Robertshaw; a 1933 British version directed by G. W. Pabst and starring Feodor Chaliapin; a 1947 Spanish version directed by Rafael Gil and starring Rafael Rivelles; a 1957 Russian version directed by Grigori Kozintsev; a 1962 Spanish version entitled Dulcinea (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70 ; F2.1240); and a 1972 American version entitled Man of La Mancha , directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Peter O'Toole. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
8 Jan 16
p. 84.
MPN
1 Jan 16
p. 92.
MPW
25 Dec 15
p. 2333, 2386
MPW
22 Apr 16
p. 639, 699
MPW
11 Mar 16
p. 1714.
New York Times
20 Dec 15
p. 11.
NYDM
26 Feb 16
p. 25.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Madrid, 1605) and his novel Segunda parte del ingenioso cabellero Don Quijote de la Mancha (Madrid, 1615).
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 February 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Triangle Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 February 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8166
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

His mind unbalanced by too little nourishment and too much reading, Don Quixote, believing himself to be a chivalrous knight, sallies forth with Sancho Panza, his squire, to perform noble deeds. During a battle with devilish windmills, Don Quixote is knocked unconscious, but is cared for by Dorothea, a beautiful shepherdess who was forced from her home after Don Fernando seduced and abandoned her. Quixote takes off to find Fernando and ends up at an inn where he meets and falls in love with Dulcinea, a common girl whose plainness eludes the befuddled knight. Expelled from the inn, Quixote encounters a group of convicts and, convinced that they are slaves, fights to free them from their guards. Later, Cardenio, one of the convicts, tells Quixote that he was arrested for loving Lucinda against her father's will, and when the knight discovers that Lucinda is about to marry the rakish Don Fernando, he risks his life to stop the wedding and restore her safely to Cardenio. In the ensuing battle, Quixote is shot and dies in the arms of Dulcinea and Sancho ... +


His mind unbalanced by too little nourishment and too much reading, Don Quixote, believing himself to be a chivalrous knight, sallies forth with Sancho Panza, his squire, to perform noble deeds. During a battle with devilish windmills, Don Quixote is knocked unconscious, but is cared for by Dorothea, a beautiful shepherdess who was forced from her home after Don Fernando seduced and abandoned her. Quixote takes off to find Fernando and ends up at an inn where he meets and falls in love with Dulcinea, a common girl whose plainness eludes the befuddled knight. Expelled from the inn, Quixote encounters a group of convicts and, convinced that they are slaves, fights to free them from their guards. Later, Cardenio, one of the convicts, tells Quixote that he was arrested for loving Lucinda against her father's will, and when the knight discovers that Lucinda is about to marry the rakish Don Fernando, he risks his life to stop the wedding and restore her safely to Cardenio. In the ensuing battle, Quixote is shot and dies in the arms of Dulcinea and Sancho Panza. +

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