Alas this edition has deterioated and the sound and picture quality leave a lot to be desired, however this is still a great movie. I am a huge fan of the play Cyrano de Bergerac (Penguin Classics)
, which arguably brought the idea of panache to British audiences and this film is based on Brian Hooker's 1923 blank verse translation of this famous play.
Jose Ferrer in the lead role won an Oscar for best actor for this and it is easy to see why if you watch this. Most people seem to think that Cyrano de Bergerac is a fictional character, but he really did exist and was one of those people who were larger than life, but reports would seem to show that his nose wasn't quite as prominent as he has been portrayed ever since.
When Cyrano finds that a young and attractive man is in hopes of wooing Roxane, who Cyrano is in love with himself, he offers assistance. Helping the youth through poems and what to say he hides the secret of his own love. Full of incident, both action, comedy and melodrama this wil grip you from the beginning. Don't expect lavish sets, this was a low budget movie, that although critically acclaimed was a box office flop at the time, although now it is recognised as a classic.
If you can put up with the defects with sound and picture quality then you will enjoy this. There are other versions of this film, the only other I have seen is with Gerard Depardieu and is subtitled, but which is really enjoyable Cyrano De Bergerac [DVD