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Cyrano de Bergerac (1900)

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The only film record ever made of the original star of Rostand's famous play performing a scene from his most famous role. It is accompanied by a sound-on-cylinder recording of Coquelin's voice reciting one of Cyrano's speeches.

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The only film record ever made of the original star of Rostand's famous play performing a scene from his most famous role. It is accompanied by a sound-on-cylinder recording of Coquelin's voice reciting one of Cyrano's speeches.

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Version of BBC Play of the Month: Cyrano de Bergerac (1968) See more »

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Sound and Colour
14 July 2009 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

It really is remarkable what a difference sound makes to a film made during the silent era. This 2-minute film, made at a time when most filmmakers were content to shoot footage of postmen posting letters and people walking across bridges, shows a scene from the play Cyrano de Bergerac. Benoit Constantin Coquelin reprises his stage role as the wily Bergerac, taunting his foe, debating then explaining how he is going to defeat him in the duel in which they are partaking. Coquelin is very good, and gives a natural performance that would be beyond actors nearly thirty years later when sound films were first introduced. The film is also partly hand-coloured, which also adds to the enjoyment.


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