In 1999, director PETER YATES, cast and crew came to Hotel EnFrente Arte in Ronda (Andalusia) for the shooting of the TV-serie DON QUIXOTE (Don Quijote), after MIGUEL DE CERVANTES’ novel DON QUIJOTE, written in 1605 and probably Spain’s most important literatural highlight. It is also one of the world’s most translated novels.
The amazing cast of this production, Bob Hoskins, John Litgow, Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams and many other, stayed in our hotel and guaranteed legendary parties in the hotel in the nighttime after long days shooting in the beautiful Ronda decor.
The city of Ronda is constantly present in the serie and in the opening scene you recognize the famous Muralla and Puerta de Xijara (City wall and Port of Xijara) of Ronda. Also the uphill street from the Calle Real to the Palace of Marquis de Salvatierra, passing the Philip V City Gate, appears in the serie.
Later you can also see the Mondragon Palace, with the fencing scene, the Calle Tenorio (Tenorio Street) with the parade of the people from the village, the Ronda Catedral (La Iglesia de Santa María La Mayor) and much more.
Throughout the movie the typical andalusian background is present so anybody who loves Andalusia and it’s typical landscape should see this movie to get into the typical south spanish athmosphere of the white villages. The director also put a scene in the serie in a bar with a full live flamenco singing and dancing performance, which makes it even more typical.
Don Quixote, The serie, tells the story of Alonso Quijada, played by John Litgow, who gets obsessed by the figure of Don Quixote after reading Knights novels. He adapts Don Quixote’s personality and escorted by Sancho Panza, Bob Hoskins he has gets in to a fantastic world where he has to defeat giants and other knights to gain the admiration and love of the beautiful Dulcinea , Vanessa Williams. The Duchess is played by Isabella Rossellini.
Cast DON QUIXOTE (2000)
The Serie, directed by Peter Yates, Released 9th of April 2000.
John Litgow – Don Quixote de La Mancha/Alonso Quixano
Bob Hoskins – Sancho Panza
Isabella Rossellini – The Duchess
Vanessa Williams – Dulcinea
Lambert Wilson – Duke
John Litgow, born 19th of October 1945, in Rochester, New York, USA.
Son of a retired actress and a father who was both a theatrical producer and director, he moved frequently as a child while his father founded and managed local and college theaters and Shakespeare festivals throughout the midwest of the United States. A distinguished career on Broadway gave him one Tony Award for “The Changing Room”, a second nomination in 1985 for “Requiem for a Heavyweight”, and a third in 1988 for “M. Butterfly”. He received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp (1982). A second Oscar nomination followed for terms of Endearment (1983). As the decade of the ’90s came around a new career move brought him to television in the hugely successful series “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996).
Bob Hoskins was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund’s, UK.
After some stage success, he expanded to television with roles in television series such as “Villains” (1972) and “thick as Thieves” (1974). In the mid-’70s, he started his film career, standing out when he performed alongside Richard Dreyfuss in John Byrum’s “Inserts” (1974).
Hoskins broke through in 1978 in Dennis Potter’s mini TV series, “Pennies from Heaven” (1978), playing “Arthur Parker”, the doomed salesman. A string of high-profile and successful films followed in the 1980’s with “The Long Good Friday” (1980), “The Cotton Club” (1984), “Mona Lisa” (1986), which won him an Oscar nomination as well as a BAFTA Award. At the, Cannes Film Festival he wan a Golden Globe for “Who framed Roger Rabbit” (1988)
Hoskins has always carefully balanced the riches of Hollywood with the labor of independent film, though leaning more towards the latter than the former. He works at smaller projects such as “Shane Meadows’ debut” and “24 7 : Twenty Four Seven” (1997), in which he starred as “Allen Darcy”.
Isabella Rossellini was born on the 18th of June 1952, in Rome, Italy.
Virtually identical to her mother ingrid Bergman, but suprisingly was never given the opportunity to portray her mother in a biographical film. The closest she came was an early accurate spoof of ilsa Lund in an episode of “Tales from teh Crypt” (1989).
This former model is fluent in Italian, French and English and was engaged to director David Lynch from 1986 to 1990.
Her most important roles are “Death becomes her” (1992), “The Gift” (1994), “King of the Corner” (2004), “Dragonfly” (2008), and several TV series like “Chicago Hope”.
She also appears in photographs for Madonna’s coffee table book “Sex”.
In January 2008 she narrated Guy Maddin’s silent film “Brand Upon the Brain” as part of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a spanish novelist, poet and dramatist. They think he was born the 29th of September 1547 in Alcalá de Henares (small town in the east of the Province of Madrid) and died the 22nd of April 1616 in Madrid capital. Cervantes is considered to be the most important personality of Spain’s literature, especially for having written his magnum opus “Don Quixote” (“El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha”). His influence on the Spanish language has been so important, that spanish sometimes is called The Language of Cervantes (La Lengua de Cervantes).
In 1569 he goes to Italy, where he joined the services of Giulio Acquaviva, a wealthy priest, elevated to cardinal in 1570. By then Cervantes was a soldier in a Spanish infantry regiment and continued his military life until 1575, when he was captured by Algerian pirates. He was ransomed by his captors and went back to Madrid.
In 1585 Cervantes published a pastoral novel “La Galatea”. Because of financial problems, followed by iregularities in his account he will end up in the Crown Jail of Seville.
In 1605 he was in Valladolid just when the immediate success of the first part of his Don Quijote, published in Madrid, signaled his return to the literary world. In 1607, he settled in Madrid, where he lived and worked until his death. In 1615 Cervantes will write the second part and finish Don Quixote.
Cervantes died in Madrid on 23 April 1616. In honour of the date on which both Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare died. That’s why the UNESCO established 23rd of April as the International Day of the Book.