To Store Hadji,
(just a small 'add' on IN THE LAND OF DON QUIXOTE): first I (altough only a simple fan) want to congratulate Andrej for making 'Nella Terra' accessible in the form it was shown in Locarno (and hopefully soon elsewhere). In another thread on Locarno he summed up the sad circumstances of the project:
Orson directed for RAI 9 episods and he offered himself for the commentary with his own voice. But in RAI someone told that his italian had a bad american accent (!). So Orson finished the edition, and consigned to RAI nine reels of 16mm with international soundtrack and music. RAI asked a journalist to write a comment, in the movie read by Arnoldo Foà. I have found in the archives the original negatives of soundtrack and image and put together. Roberto Perpignani, at the time young editor of NELLA TERRA DI DON CHISCIOTTE, has seen a part of that in a moviola, and had exclaimed "this is how Orson left the film!". Now, without that disturbing and unuseful commentary, it is an experimental movie, free and powerful, very rich in the editing. I hope that you and other people in the Forum will have an occasion to see it. Please remember: it is not the Welles' final cut, but HOW he left the film before others had thought to "make it better" !
The whole nine episodes - FERIA DE ABRIL A SIVIGLIA, ITINERARIO ANDALUSO, LA FIERA DI SAN FERMIN, LE CANTINE DI JEREZ, L'ENCIERRO DI PAMPLONA, ROMA E ORIENTE IN SPAGNA, SIVIGLIA, SPAGNA SANTA, TEMPO DI FLAMENCO (not the correct order) - were shown without intermission (3 hours 48 min.) and it was just marvelous - and to me quite a different approach compared to the AROUND THE WORLD series. As Andrej stated, it isn't fully 'completed' in a sense - yet even only with the music it works just wonderful.
The first of the series begins actually like a travelogue, showing Welles and his family traveling through Spain, with Paola and Beatrice looking at shop windows - of course also with Don Quixote / Sancho Pansa - souvenirs. After this short 'introduction' however unfolds - what Andrej described as - "an experimental movie, free and powerful, very rich in the editing". People, bullfights, festive parades, religious processions, architecture, landscape, excursions to Flamenco (with Beatrice taking lessons and performing in the evening - beautifully and very energetic), the sherry-cantines of Jerez and many other things - the editing melting everything together in an absolutely divine and terrific way, especially in the scenes with the bulls running through the streets and the Spaniards parading on horses and carriages - it really becomes something like a breathtaking celebration ... (the continous viewing may have added a little bit to this perception) Welles and his family are rather seldom seen and if - then they are often photographing or filming, or there are shots of Paola and Beatrice walking through the streets.
To try to answer your question about possible footage of 'DON QUIXOTE': jugding from my marginal knowledge (I've only seen the horrible Franco-version and the material shown at the workshop in Locarno, combined with my not so good memory) I dare say that there's no footage of Don Quixote in the TV episodes and that it's an entirely orginal work - yet it's tempting to think that some material of 'IN THE LAND OF DON QUIXOTE' might have ended up in 'DON QUIXOTE'.
Does anybody know whether the original narration Welles intended to do for the episodes was preserved in some way?