December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already two children and a lot of anxieties. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great ...
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December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already two children and a lot of anxieties. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. Only concern: it is not written yet. Ignoring the whims of actresses, the demands of his Corsican producers, the jealousy of his wife, the stories of his best friend's heart and the lack of enthusiasm of all those around him, Edmond starts writing this piece which nobody believes. For now, he has only the title: "Cyrano de Bergerac".Written by
My 2 teens enjoyed this one. Playwright Alexis Michalik's big screen adaptation and directorial debut of his Shakespeare In Love inspired stage hit Edmond (still playing at Théâtre du Palais Royal after 2 years with advance bookings up to at least another year!) on the genesis of Cyrano de Bergerac. Breathtaking scenes to look out for: when Jeanne found out the truth from Edmond; and Rosemonde subsequently confronts Edmond; Honoré's monologue (stand out performance by Jean-Michel Martial!) and Cyrano's final death-stricken monologue. Even Chekhov had a cameo. Do stay till the credits which had clips of various leads on film portraying Cyrano over the years beginning with Coquelin himself at the turn of the century to Gérard Depardieu's definitive portrayal in 1990.
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