Cyrano De Bergerac

Cyrano De Bergerac

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Director: Michael Gordon

Cast: José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince

     
 

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Recreating his stage role, Jose Ferrer stars as Edmond Rostand's Cyrano, a 17th-century French cavalier, poet and swordsman whose prominent proboscis is the subject of many a duel. Cyrano is madly in love with the beautiful Roxanne (Mala Powers), but assumes that she'd never love him back due to his cathedral of a nose. Roxanne is also loved by the handsome Christian …  See more details below

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Recreating his stage role, Jose Ferrer stars as Edmond Rostand's Cyrano, a 17th-century French cavalier, poet and swordsman whose prominent proboscis is the subject of many a duel. Cyrano is madly in love with the beautiful Roxanne (Mala Powers), but assumes that she'd never love him back due to his cathedral of a nose. Roxanne is also loved by the handsome Christian (William Prince), who unfortunately can't put two consecutive words together when it comes to pitching woo. Cyrano agrees to help Christian win Roxanne by feeding him the right words for his midnight courtships and love letters; in this way, Cyrano can vicariously express his own ardor for the fair lady. Years later, Cyrano's deception is revealed, and he dies happily in the arms of his beloved Roxanne, who realizes that she has really loved Cyrano all along--by way of Christian. Cyrano de Bergerac wasn't seen by many paying moviegoers upon its original showing, but its relative box-office failure resulted in an early release to television, where it has remained a perennial attraction for the past forty years.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Michael Gordon's film adaptation of the Rostand classic seems to have been limited to a B-movie budget, but features an Oscar-winning performance by Jose Ferrer. The tale of the 17th century swordsman gifted with every quality but the courage to profess his love has frequently been filmed, and in this version Hollywood was attempting to transfer Ferrer's celebrated stage production to the screen. Ferrer, though often effective, apparently did little to tone down his performance for the screen, often hammily overplaying dialogue better served by a more naturalistic delivery. Yet in the play's well-known set pieces -- the opening duel which counterpoints his verse with swordplay, and Cyrano's rhyming catalogue of witty nose invective -- he's at his best. With the exception of Morris Carnovsky, he's surrounded by a surprisingly mediocre cast, particularly Mala Powers as Roxanne, an actress whose vapid presence tends to rob Cyrano's ardor of its credibility, and William Prince, who plays the heroic Christian with the all the passion of a nervous postal clerk. While the film's direction is undistinguished, Dimitri Tiomkin's energetic score is well suited to its spirit.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
UPC:
0018713504203
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Good Times Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
José Ferrer Cyrano de Bergerac
Mala Powers Roxane Rubin
William Prince Baron Christian de Neuvillette
Morris Carnovsky Capt. Le Bret
Ralph Clanton Count Antoine de Guiche
Lloyd Corrigan Ragueneau
Virginia Farmer Duenna
Edgar Barrier Cardinal
Elena Verdugo Orange Girl
Arthur Blake Montfluery
Don Beddoe The Meddler
Percy Helton Bellerose
Virginia Christine Sister Marthe
Gil Warren Doctor
Philip Van Zandt Man with Gazette
Eric Sinclair Guardsman
Richard Avonde Marquis
Paul Dubov Cadet
John Crawford Cadet
Jerry Paris Cadet
Robin Hughes Cadet
Albert Cravens Viscount Valvert
Francis Pierlot Capuchin Monk
John Harmon Lackey (Assassin)

Technical Credits
Michael Gordon Director
Carl Foreman Screenwriter
Harry Gerstad Editor
George Glass Associate Producer
Brian Hooker Screenwriter
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Kramer Producer
Ann Peck Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. I Enter [8:49]
2. Thrust Home [9:16]
3. Certain Things [11:24]
4. Sweet Tyrant [8:55]
5. Insolent Poet [7:19]
6. New Recruit [10:42]
7. Little Comedy [9:04]
8. Holy Man [9:46]
9. White Scarf [6:24]
10. Tell Her [11:18]
11. Small Displeasures [6:52]
12. Your Tears [13:00]

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Cyrano De Bergerac 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bookwormRW More than 1 year ago
What can I say about Cyrano! An old friend rediscovered, and one to be treasured for all time.
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