Cyrano de Begerac is joyous, witty, a poet, a leader and filled with plenty of charisma and bravado in 17th Century France. He has only one flaw: an unusually long nose which makes him ... See full summary »
France, 1640: Cyrano, the charismatic swordsman-poet with the absurd nose, hopelessly loves the beauteous Roxane; she, in turn, confesses to Cyrano her love for the handsome but tongue-tied Christian. The chivalrous Cyrano sets up with Christian an innocent deception, with tragic results. Much cut from the play, but dialogue not rewritten.Written by
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Premiered on November 16, 1950. Exactly forty years later, on November 16, 1990, the French language film Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), starring Gérard Depardieu premiered in New York. Depardieu, like José Ferrer, was also nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance, and actually won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Cesar Award for Best Actor. See more »
In the scene in which Cyrano fights off "a hundred men" to save Ragueneau, a stunt double can be seen in some shots doubling for José Ferrer. See more »
Thrice happy he who hides from pomp and power/ In sylvan shade or or solitary bower/ Where balmy zephyrs fan his burning cheeks...
Cyrano de Bergerac:
Clown! King of Clowns! Leave the stage at once!
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This film is simply my favorite above all others. And I grant that accolade entirely because of the splendid performance of Jose Ferrer. He outshines all other cast members in what would be a forgettable B movie, were it not for his brilliant portrayal of the long nosed poet and swordsman. I suppose the character of Cyrano appeals to me so because he is a man of substance, not image (unlike so many contemporary heroes).
`True.I carry my adornments only on my soul, decked with deeds instead of ribbons, mantled in my good name and crowned with the white plume of freedom!'
Wow, what a line!
There will never again be another Cyrano, as there will never be another actor capable of playing him so well as Jose Ferrer.
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