Cyrano De Bergerac [VHS]
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This turned out to be a version of the film with NO English sub-titles which made it fairly useless for me.Published 2 months ago by J. Horsley
Wonderful film. I have been anxious to see this version...and it did not disappoint!Published 2 months ago by Sharon Attwood
The book is one of the world's great classic stories and this film enhances its greatness with a superb rendition of poetic drama and visual beauty. Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. Harvey
Excellent film well worth watching. Depardieu is ideal for the role of Cyrano de Bergerac.Published 7 months ago by JD
Unfortunately i was not made aware that subtitles are not included in this d v d.Published 10 months ago by Gary W
Remembered this film from years ago, good to find on DVD. Superb version of this classic.Published 12 months ago by Mrs MG