Don Quixote (1915) - does it exist?

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Don Quixote (1915) - does it exist?

PostMon Apr 09, 2018 10:27 pm

Did this adaptation survive the great purge? One IMDB review suggests that a print exists, but I've found no further mention of it. I discovered that the film was shot - literally - in the backyard of an estate belonging to a distant cousin, hence my interest. The Italian Wikipedia entry indicates that it was D.W. Griffith production; I imagine a copy does exist somewhere. However, that's the only source I can locate that indicates Griffith's involvement, so perhaps it's in error.

Edit: The SilentEra entry also indicates that Griffith produced it, but no details about a surviving print.
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Re: Don Quixote (1915) - does it exist?

PostTue Apr 10, 2018 5:28 am

The American Silent Feature Film Database states a print exists at Cinematheque Francais in Paris.
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Re: Don Quixote (1915) - does it exist?

PostTue Apr 10, 2018 8:09 am

As a member of the general public, is there any possibility of receiving a copy? I imagine an obscure film like this does not incur the interest or effort needed for a release, and I don't anticipate visiting Paris anytime soon.
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Re: Don Quixote (1915) - does it exist?

PostTue Apr 10, 2018 11:26 am

Is it public domain?

I am guessing it is by the year it was released.

If it has not been restored/digitized (I recommend asking them), maybe propose doing a Kickstarter for it.
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Re: Don Quixote (1915) - does it exist?

PostTue Apr 10, 2018 11:42 am

First you should see if the Cinematheque Francaise would work with you. There's a reason that the Kickstarters have mostly been done with the Library of Congress, and often by people who already have existing relationships with them.
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Re: Don Quixote (1915) - does it exist?

PostTue Apr 10, 2018 12:23 pm

Guybrush wrote:Did this adaptation survive the great purge? One IMDB review suggests that a print exists, but I've found no further mention of it.


Note that the gentlemen who wrote this review, F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, is (or was; he's no longer with us) notorious for writing reviews for films he had not actually seen. It is not likely that he viewed this one.
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Re: Don Quixote (1915) - does it exist?

PostTue Apr 10, 2018 2:49 pm

I have an email address for CNC if you want to send me a PM.

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Re: Don Quixote (1915) - does it exist?

PostThu Apr 12, 2018 9:37 am

A few years ago the Cinematheque or the CNC had a website (I think it had something to do with the Triangle Corp.) where they posted online about ten minutes of DON QUIXOTE ('15). The chunk was from early in the film where the DeWolf Hopper character goes mad,decides that he's the Knight errant, and rides off on his quest. Neither of his co-stars Max Davidson or Fay Tincher turned up in this segment, and I don't know if this is all the Cinematheque has or it was just an excerpt as all the information was in French. This was quite a while ago and I think the site is long gone (just like the George Eastman Museum's online theatre).

BTW, we have a number of photos from the film at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. They're on the NYPL's Digital Gallery, and here's the link:

https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/sea ... on+Quijote

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