Don Quixote

Lau Lauritzen Sr., Denmark, 1926

134 min.DK/FeatureAdaptions, Drama, Fairy taleSilent films

The poor landowner Don Quixote is obsessed with chivalric romances. One day he gets the idea that he must restore the order of the wandering knights and even ride out on horseback in full gear. He persuades a simple peasant Sancho Panza to act as a weapon bearer with a promise of royal rewards. Although this at first seems to be a long way off, the hard-working pair suddenly set about a task that can turn them into real knights.

Don Quixote is a film adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’s famous novel of the same name from the 17th century. The two main characters are played by the comedian duo Carl Schenstrøm and Harald Madsen, who had become world famous as Pat and Patachon. Filming Cervantes’s main work had been director Lauritzen’s big dream, and in Schenstrøm and Madsen he found the perfect protagonists for the project.
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Original title Don Quixote
Danish title Don Quixote
International titles Don Quijotes, Dom Quixote, Don Quijote de la Mancha, Don Quichotte
Director Lau Lauritzen Sr.
Screenplay Lau Lauritzen Sr.
Based on Roman af Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (I: 1605, II: 1615, da. 1776-1777).
Director of Photography Carlo Bentsen, Hugo J. Fischer, Julius Jaenzon
Appearance Carl Schenstrøm, Harald Madsen, Carmen Villa, Svend Melsing
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Film-Centralen-Palladium
Technical info 3280 meter, 35 mm, 1,33:1, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 30.11.1926
Cinemas Palads
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Production company Palladium
Domestic distribution Film-Centralen-Palladium


Direction Lau Lauritzen Sr.


Script Lau Lauritzen Sr.


Cinematography Carlo Bentsen
Cinematography Hugo J. Fischer
Cinematography Julius Jaenzon


Don Quixote Carl Schenstrøm
Sancho Panza Harald Madsen
Lucinda Carmen Villa
Cardenio Svend Melsing
Dorothe Lise Bauditz
Fernando Carl Hillebrandt
Don Quixotes søsterdatter Vera Hansen
Husholdersken Agis Winding
Præsten Christian Schrøder
Barberen Regnar Bjelke
Samson Carrasco Torben Meyer
Lucindas Fader Philip Bech
Lucindas Moder Vera Lindstrøm
Hertugen Fritz Lamprecht
Hertuginden Clara Schwartz
Slotspræsten Oscar Stribolt
Appearance Lili Lani
Appearance Aage Bendixen
Appearance Aage Redal

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