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Cyrano De Bergerac [VHS]

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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
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fox
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000577JN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,870 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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99 of 102 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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9 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME on 15 July 2007
Format: DVD
In a Parisian theater, where Cyrano has just run off a portly, mannered spouter of bad verse, a man makes the error of noticing Cyrano's nose. "Why are you looking at my nose? Does it disgust you," Cyrano asks with dangerous politeness. "No, not at." "Is it soft and dangling/" "I did not look at it!" the man protests. "And why did you not look at it?" Cyrano persists. "Sickened you, did it? Is the color all wrong? Is it obscene?" "Not at all," the man says, looking for a way out. "Why, then, do you criticize? Do you find it too large in size?" "It's terribly small, miniscule," the man stammers. "What was that?" Cyrano glares, "Is that an insult? My nose is small then, eh? My nose, sir, is enormous! Cretinous moron, a man ought to be proud of such an appendix. A great nose may be an index of a great soul...kind, endowed with liberality and courage...like mine, you rat-brained dunce, unlike yours, all rancid porridge. It would be grotesque to fist your wretched mug, so lacking as it is in pride, genius, the lyrical and picturesque, in spark, spunk...in brief: in nose!"

Cyrano (Gerard Depardieu) is a man with heart and spirit as large as his nose, a man who loves deeply, yet must love through another. When Roxane (Anne Brochet), his cousin whom he loves more than his life, gives her heart to Christian (Vincent Perez), he is so determined to bring her happiness that he provides the passionate words that this handsome young man, whose brain is as thick as mutton, will use to win her. Cyrano is convinced that his face will forever doom him to solitude, much less enable him to speak his heart directly to Roxane. "I can never be loved," he says to le Bret, one of his few friends, "even by the ugliest. My nose precedes me by fifteen minutes. Whom do I love? It should be clear.
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