Since the first public glimpse of Orson Welles Don Quixote was presented thirty years ago this month at the Cannes film festival�less than a year after Welles had died�I thought it would be interesting to present some background material on that very first public showing.
The Don Quixote footage shown at Cannes was apparently entrusted by Ms. Kodar to Costa-Cavras, who had only a few weeks to try and make a rough assembly out of the film he received. In fact, the original screening was postponed by a week, as is noted below in the report on the showing in Variety.
Following that report, is the text of the address that Oja Kodar gave before the film was shown at Cannes, which is followed by excerpts of my 1994 interview with Oja Kodar, done after Jess Franco had completed his 1992 editing of the Quixote footage.
It should be noted, that Oja Kodar was never consulted about the editing that Jess Franco did on his version of the film, and in fact, she was so displeased with how it turned out, she has never allowed that version to be shown commercially outside of Spain.