Cyrano de Bergerac

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Overview

Edmond Rostand's classic drama of inner and outer beauty is given a lavish treatment in this acclaimed French production. Gérard Depardieu portrays the title character, a brilliant, charismatic swordsman with a generous spirit and a genius for poetry. It would seem that such a man would have no trouble attracting women, but Cyrano considers himself doomed to loneliness by an unattractive face featuring an oversized nose. His feelings of inadequacy are emphasized when Roxane, the beautiful woman he adores, ...
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Overview

Edmond Rostand's classic drama of inner and outer beauty is given a lavish treatment in this acclaimed French production. Gérard Depardieu portrays the title character, a brilliant, charismatic swordsman with a generous spirit and a genius for poetry. It would seem that such a man would have no trouble attracting women, but Cyrano considers himself doomed to loneliness by an unattractive face featuring an oversized nose. His feelings of inadequacy are emphasized when Roxane, the beautiful woman he adores, attracts the attention of Christian, a young cadet in Cyrano's service. Christian lacks the poetic gift, however, and he ironically turns to Cyrano for help in winning Roxane's love. What follows is a tale of deception, with Roxane falling in love with the ineloquent Christian thanks to Cyrano's words of love. The underlying narrative has become quite familiar to modern audiences through retellings and variations from the 1950 adaptation starring José Ferrer to Steve Martin's Roxanne. Director Jean-Paul Rappeneau's interpretation stresses the tragic majesty of the original, setting a vigorous performance by Depardieu against a beautifully designed reproduction of the period and an emphasis on the sound and poetry of Rostand's original language; the subtitles for the film's English release were penned by renowned British author Anthony Burgess. This attention to detail creates a particularly faithful cinematic rendering of the original work that met with positive critical responses.
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Editorial Reviews

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Seamless, heartfelt, and imbued with rare vibrance, Rappeneau's Cyrano de Bergerac is a definitive example of what a literary film adaptation can and should be. Part of its strength lies in its endorsement of the story's unabashed romanticism; instead of downplaying it, Rappeneau celebrates it. As a result, the film is as vivid and bold as its title character, reveling in exuberant intelligence and tragic poignancy. Cyrano is well-served by Gerard Depardieu's title performance, for which he earned an Oscar nomination and a César award. Depardieu brings the larger-than-life Cyrano to the screen without devouring the scenery: his portrayal is grand without being showy, a tour de force informed as much by subtlety as by outsized emotional display. The performance is the heart of the film, setting the pulse for an extraordinary piece of work that, fittingly enough, comes across as a love letter to love.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2000
  • UPC: 027616844934
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu Cyrano De Bergerac
Anne Brochet Roxane
Vincent Perez Christian de Neuvillette
Jacques Weber Count DeGuiche
Roland Bertin Ragueneau
Philippe Morier-Genoud Le Bret
Philippe Volter Vicomte de Valvert
Pierre Maguelon Carbon de Castel-Jaloux
Josiane Stoleru The Duenna
Gabriel Monnet Montfleury
Christiane Culerier Uranie
Franck Jazede
Louis Lavarre Le Facheux
Francois Marié Bellerose
Franck Ramon
Anatole Delalande The Child
Ludivine Sagnier The Little Sister
Alain Rimoux The Father
Jean-Marie Winling Ligiere
Louis Navarre The Bore
Pierre Triboulet Jodelet
Baptiste Roussillon First Soldier
Christian Roy Second Soldier
Jacques Pater Le Tire-laine
Pierre Aussedat First Marquis
Yves Aubert Marquis
Lucien Pascal Academy Member
Jean-Damien Barbin Young Snob
Nicole Felix Matron
Christian Loustau Cadet
Alain Perez Cadet
Eric Bernard Cadet
Alain Dumas Cadet
Herve Pauchon Cadet
Philippe Girard Officer De Guiche
Quentin Ogier Baker's Boy
Catherine Ferran Lise Ragueneau
Cecile Camp Gremoine
Benoit Vergne Lysimon
Madeleine Marion Mother Superior
Amelie Gonin Sister Marthe
Sandrine Kiberlain Sister Colette
Isabelle Gruault Sister Claire
Louise Vincent Ironing Nun
Claudine Gabay Naughty Sister
Eric Frey Second `Precious' Poet
Technical Credits
Jean-Paul Rappeneau Director, Screenwriter
Noëlle Boisson Editor
Patrick Bordier Production Designer
Michele Burke Makeup
Jean-Claude Carrière Screenwriter
René Cleitman Co-producer
Jean-Pierre Eychenne Makeup
Ezio Frigerio Art Director
Alex Leyton Cinematographer
Pierre Lhomme Cinematographer
Jean-Claude Petit Score Composer
Michel Seydoux Co-producer
Franca Squarciapino Costumes/Costume Designer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Tragedy

    Director Jean-Paul Rappeneau and cowriter Jean-Claude Carriere present this excellent adaptation of Edmon Rostand's tragic play. Everything in this film was well done: great direction, excellent cinematography, beautiful scenery, and an excellent performance by the entire cast. This romantic tragedy is set in early 17th century France during the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV: the same time period as Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers. Cyrano de Bergerac (Gerard Depardieu) is a musketeer in the regiment of Gascogne. A courageous champion of justice, Cyrano possesses all of the noble qualities the human spirit could be endowed with: courage, strength, prowess, sensibility, a great mind and wit. Despite all of these great qualities, Cyrano's main weakness is his own distorted self-perception regarding his oversized nose. Madly in love with his cousin Roxanne (Anne Brochet) but being too afraid of the rejection his nose might bring, Cyrano's loses his courage everytime he's approached by her. Cyrano's frustrated love soon finds a window when Roxanne tells him about her love for a new cadet in his regiment: Christian De Neuvillette (Vincent Perez), a brave,young, and devilishly handsome musketeer. As much as Cyrano fears the effect of his oversized nose, Christian fears strong-minded women like Roxanne due to his unfortunate lack of wit. An exchange takes place as each man provides the qualities the other lacks to conquer Roxanne: Cyrano becomes Christian's mind, voice and pen, while Christian becomes Cyrano's missing looks. After Christian serenades her with Cyrano's words, Roxanne falls madly in love and is weary to see him go off to war. Outside of this triangle, the powerful Comte de Guiche (Jacques Weber) wants Roxanne for himself and will use all of his royal connections to get her: will he succeed? How long with this masquerade last? Will Roxanne ever find out about the clever deception she's been subjected to? The story is a romantic-tragedy in which Cyrano is our tragic hero. As with the original play, the dialogue in the film is set in verse: the language is therefore poetic and very rich. This is a light tragedy in which Cyrano, is an archetype to the likes of Don Quixote as opposed to a real tragic character such as Romeo or Oedipus. The story has various themes about human nature and life as an experience; how we're often our own worst enemy and critiques. Gerard Depardieu gives the finest performance of his career as Cyrano de Bergerac; his performance is truly one of the best renditions of the love-struck tragic hero. The language is faithful to the play and rich in meaning. The costumes and settings for the film are equally lavish and splendid. This is truly a film meant to be in one's collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure poetry

    I have to say that this is the most romantic film I have ever seen. It has every element of romance, poetry and tragedy and DePardieu is more beautiful than his nose, certainly. The story has been told many times, but not quite like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    French Cinema Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

    This is my favorite presentation of one of my favorite stories. It is a lavish and visually engaging production, and also makes the most of the beautiful text of the original play. Even those who don't understand a word of French can hear the elegance of the language -- if you listen hard you can pick up the rhymed couplets. Cyrano is a hard character to play, but Depardieu is perfect for the part. You'll laugh. You'll cry. And then you'll watch it again. I promise.

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