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Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

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[Don Quixote]
ORIGINAL COSTUME BOARDS FOR DON QUIXOTE, CIRCA 1997
11 production boards (from: 9 1/4 x 14 in.; 23.5 x 35.5 cm, to: 14 x 19 1/2 in.; 35.5 x 49.5cm).  8 original costume design sketches, ink, pencil, and pastel on beige paper (approximately: 10 x 15 5/8 in.; 25.5 x 40.2 cm), signed and dated by the artist, matted, with 3 production boards featuring copies of character sketches and artwork, along with costume fabric samples mounted on black matboard.  
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Catalogue Note

Six of the present sketches are of Robin Williams as Sancho Panza, and two are of John Cleese as Don Quixote — together they offer a unique view into the complex character development process of this film that was decades in the making.

After Terry Gilliam first read the novel in 1989, he immediately started conceptualizing the film adaptation. Gilliam struck a deal with Phoenix Pictures in 1990, but ultimately decided that the budget the studio offered him was too low, and was dropped from the project. Phoenix Pictures chose Fred Schepisi to replace Gilliam, with John Cleese as Quixote and Robin Williams as Panza; however, the project was officially cancelled in 1997. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Amazon, 2018), which was directed by Gilliam, was released in the spring of 2018, nearly 30 years after Gilliam had conceived of it.

Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

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New York