Friday, 14 May 2010

Pabst's Don Quixote 1933

Built on an incline above them a cinema was showing Chaliapin and George Robey in Pabst's Don Quixote.... Malcolm Lowry 30th June 1934.

Lowry mentions Pabst's film in his story, as the protagonist Bill Goodyear returns to England from France arriving in Folkestone. Goodyear sees the film playing in a cinema near to Folkestone Harbour railway station.

Adventures of Don Quixote (1933) is the English title of a film adaptation of the classic Miguel de Cervantes novel, directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst, starring the famous operatic bass Feodor Chaliapin. Although the film stars Chaliapin, it is not an opera; however, he does sing three songs in it. It is the first sound film version of the Spanish classic. The supporting cast in the English version includes George Robey, René Donnio, Miles Mander, Lydia Sherwood, Renée Valliers, and Emily Fitzroy. The film was made in three versions -- French, English, and German -- with Chaliapin starring in all three versions.

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