Cyrano De Bergerac  [DVD]
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Noted swordsman and poet Cyrano De Bergerac is madly in love with Roxanne. She in turn is hopelessly smitten by the handsome but tongue tied Christian. Cyrano De Bergerac chivalrously writes love poems for Christian to give to Roxanne that eventually win her affection.
Deserves to take place with the best that the Broadway stage has to offer. --The Variety --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In Depardieu's favor was his charm and average or even unattractive appearance. So likable, so gentile, yet not enough. Depardieu was terrific, but he was not as fierce and as bitter as Ferrer in the first part of the movie. Depardieu's obsessive rage was acted, not owned. Ferrer, to the contrary, for me, demonstrated the proper depth of bitterness, insecurity, arrogance, wit, and broken heartedness.
The story is simple: an ugly poet/master swordsman (Cyrano) loves a beautiful woman (Roxanne), but is too insecure to tell her. She in turn loves a pretty boy soldier (Christian) who, by his own admission, is void of wit. Christian does not realize Cyrano loves the same woman. Each man uses the other to successfully reach into the woman's heart. She overcomes her shallow view of beauty, but the ugly poet remains diffident and unwilling to risk his heart to her.
José Ferrer is more than the star here. Cyrano's love for Roxanne is truly the story, with no subplots woven in. He capably goes from bold leader to broken man and back again. This puts Ferrer's skill to the test, to engage the audience from scene to scene, emotion to emotion.
When he fights dozens of men to protect the baker, I believe it. Unlike many great swashbuckling movies, the choreograph is not fluid. It appears chaotic, like a street fight would be.
This movie, Cyrano de Bergerac, is left open to criticism, like that so much was filmed on a stage. We see painted backdrops instead of a genuine wartime sky. Outside of a cane and slow steps, no one seemed older in the final garden scenes. The costuming is impressive, but, beyond that spectacular nose, the makeup is not. That could all be easily improved.
Mala Powers as Roxanne worked well enough, though vacuously. I saw her as shallow yet stunningly beautiful from beginning to end. A better actress may have been found as some scenes she played as more of a place keeper than love interest.
It is easy to feel for Christian, played by William Prince. Though he is lacking Cyrano's wit, his passion is real. He is brave and bright, but not when it comes to poetry. His sword is mightier than his pen, but he makes no pretense and asks Cyrano for help.
A few production value concerns do not hold back the movie, but they do exist. However, with the consuming power of Academy Award winning actor José Ferrer as the focal point, Cyrano de Bergerac receives top marks from me.
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].
This is a good movie perhaps not very well known but it contains within a great story ,funny ,exciting and extremely moving buy Cyrano De Bergerac its different but very very good
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