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Cyrano De Bergerac [DVD] [1990]


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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber, Roland Bertin
  • Directors: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
  • Writers: Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Edmond Rostand, Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Producers: André Szöts, Michel Seydoux, René Cleitman
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Subtitled, Colour
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y3OX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,289 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brilliant 17th century swordsman and poet Cyrano (Gérard Depardieu) is cursed with a very large nose and he feels this makes him too ugly for his beloved Roxanne (Anne Brochet). Consequently, he pours all his energy into helping his handsome but unintelligent friend, feeding him the lines he needs to win her heart. Unfortunately this plan backfires, leading the lovely Roxanne to fall in love with Cyrano's beautiful words just as much as she does her suitor's handsome face.

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Director Jean-Paul Rappeneau and cowriter Jean-Claude Carriere had the brilliant idea of casting France's most lovably vulnerable hunk, the massive Gerard Depardieu, in one of French literature's meatiest roles: the sword-wielding poet Cyrano. Equipped with a massive nose and a heart to match, Depardieu soars as the heart-broken soldier who must lendhis words of love to another man to woo the woman he yearns for. Rappeneau spared no expense in taking this Edmond Rostand play into realistic locations for the battle scenes in the second act, making the film as exciting as it is romantic and funny. Depardieu attacks the role in great gulps, consuming all the oxygen in any room he enters. Macho but sensitive, he creates a larger-than-life Cyrano, whose wrenching sadness at the lack of interest from his lady love will have you reaching for the tissues. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. C. Barker on 8 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
Be warned! The subtitles on this release are awful! Only half of the dialogue has been transcribed into subtitles! If you love this film & don't speak fluent French you will be climbing the walls with frustration as you notice that line after line is not subtitled, compared to the full and complete subtitling available on the Taratn Video DVD edition. Buy that one instead! The 5 stars are for the film itself, which is a solid-gold masterpiece.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 July 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Jean-Paul Rappeneau's wonderfully cinematic version of Cyrano De Bergerac is one of the genuine high water marks of modern French cinema. Rappeneau is a director who really understands movement, and his far from static approach revitalizes the piece and frees it from the tyranny of the wonderful words to give it wings, while Gerard Depardieu's magnificent Cyrano keeps the film's emotions beautifully grounded. For once the supporting characters aren't played as idiots: Christian is no fool, merely an inarticulate man increasingly aware that his is a false victory, and the Comte De Guiche is allowed more dignity than you'd expect from a part that's usually reduced to mere comedy villainy.

Almost everything about the film is perfect, from Rappeneau and Jean-Claude Carriere's superb screenplay to Jean-Claude Petit's restrained score, which subtly underlines the emotions rather than play up the pathos (a shame his action cues use a thinly-disguised version of Danny Elfman's Batman theme: someone obviously fell in love with the temp track). Wonderful stuff, even if Cyrano takes longer to shuffle off this mortal coil than Brando did in Mutiny on the Bounty.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sable Unadorned on 22 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
One of my favourite films and a delight on almost every level - the language is so lilting, the poetry so beautifully timed that it makes you want to improve your French just so you can understand it better...
The only drawback here, as another reviewer has noted, is the comparatively poor visual quality. How can a film made only 15 years ago be in such bad shape? It wasn't a deal-breaker for me - in some ways the slightly musty quality enhances the Renaissance feel of the story - but try as I might, getting a widescreen image ratio on my TV meant the subtitles dropped off the bottom of the screen. Frustrating.
However, I still had to have it - and in all honesty the shortcomings were forgotten after about ten minutes when the magnificent story took over.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan 2001
Format: DVD
This DVD has appalling image quality which is a terrible shame as the movie itself is wonderful. I returned my copy as I felt a VHS video would provide comparable is not superior image quality. There are no advantages to owning a DVD copy of this film, the extra features are very poorly done, and there is no facility to turn off subtitles. Shame as I was waiting for the DVD release of this French masterpiece with anticipation.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. C. Bateman on 9 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
The DVD from 2000 is very disappointing from a technical point of view, but this is a great improvement (it goes without saying that the film is wonderful). I had the earlier one and gladly replaced it with this and I'm here to spread the good news...
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sep 2000
Format: DVD
Often cast in contemporary films, Depardieu seems most in his element in classical and historical roles. The role of Cyrano is, of course, a feast for any actor, but Depardieu seems especially attuned to its physical and verbal demands. He's so assured in the part that he doesn't require the heavy makeup used in the Martin and Ferrer movies. This Cyrano almost doesn't need a monstrous nose to lend poignancy to his unrequited love for Roxane.
It is no accident that Depardieu is recognized more for the larger-than-life characters he played in Danton and The Return of Martin Guerre than for the modern neurotics of Too Beautiful For You or Mon Oncle D'Amerique. He directed an unfortunately neglected 1984 adaptation of Tartuffe, in which he also made the most of the leading role; it remains the only film he's chosen to make on his own.
Cyrano isn't all Cyrano, fortunately. Anne Brochet makes a splendid Roxane, as demanding in her way as Cyrano, and Vincent Perez is convincingly callow as Christian, the young soldier who loves her but is forced to use Cyrano's words to tell her. Jacques Weber, a well-known stage Cyrano, does a fine job of emphasizing the complexity in the role of De Guiche, who is, for a while, the arch-enemy of both Cyrano and Christian.
Exceptionally well-photographed by Pierre Lhomme (Maurice, Camille Claudel), with a suitable score by Jean-Claude Petit and deftly written, rhyming English subtitles by Anthony Burgess, this Cyrano will introduce Rostand to the same generation that had its first brush with Shakespeare last year with the release of Henry V. It's a more traditional adaptation, with nothing radical to add, but it demonstrates the virtues of making the play the thing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jan 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Cyrano de Bergerac was originally a verse-play, written by Edmond Rostand in 1897. This story set in seventeenth-century France of the ugly man who helps another in his suit for the woman that the former loves has found fame ever since. But when Roxane declares to her beloved Christian that she no longer loves him for his looks but rather for the soul that he has bared to her in the daily letters that actually Cyrano in his stead has penned from the field of battle, Christian knows that he stands no chance.

This is a lush and beautiful production. There is superb attention to detail in this film, whether at the theatre or on the battlefield. The production even rented a field and sowed it with genuine seventeenth-century wheat seed so that the grain was as high as it should be for the period.

It is when watching such films as this that one hankers to be more fluent in the French language, as so much depends on the power of language in this story. The French is written in poetic style, and thankfully much of the subtitled English translation adopts the same form in rhyme. The poetry actually makes watching the film more enjoyable and watching the DVD more than once is an advantage as one is made aware of just how cleverly the script has been moulded. But, alas, there is something missing as well in watching this film through subtitles, more so than usual. For example, as he fences with the Vicomte de Valvert outside the theatre, Cyrano composes a poem replete with mordant wit. Somehow the English translation of the subtitles fails to live up to the bite of the original.

A word or two about the extras. There is an eight-minute interview with the director, in which he relates how he received inspiration from a silent-movie version of 1923, of which excerpts are shown.
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