Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) Movie Review Summary

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Embarrassed by his huge nose, master swordsman and poet Cyrano de Bergerac (Depardieu) nurses a secret love for his cousin Roxane (Brochet). His pleasant and handsome but dull and tongue-tied colleague Christian de Neuvillette (Perez) also loves Roxane, and since Cyrano figures he has no chance with her, he agrees to woo the woman on Christian's behalf by word and letter. Roxane of course falls in love with the man of the words, who is not Christian, but how can the true lovers connect? This 1990 film version is visually sumptuous; it streamlines much of the plot and language of Edmond Rostand's beloved 1897 play (based on a real 16th century personage who was apparently nothing like this Cyrano, although he did publish some of the first science fiction stories), and Depardieu's Cyrano is more brash, robust, and brawling than many others, but it still works.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

A soldier named Cyrano falls in love with his cousin Roxanne, but Cyrano has an overly large nose so he doesn't make a move. Another soldier also falls for Roxanne and Cyrano helps him by writing poems to Roxanne, when he still secretly likes her. Cyrano and the soldier are both sent out into war where they must deal with their love and the war.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer

It is considered one of the first movies in verse, and with Jose Ferrer's Academy Award-winning portrayal of the central character, “Cyrano de Bergerac” is a film not to be
missed. Filmed in 1950 and produced by Stanley Kramer, themovie is about the tragi-comic character of Cyrano, a man known equally for his prowess as a soldier, a
swordsman, a poet, and for the length of his nose. His nose seems to be his biggest concern and no one dares mention it in his presence. Bigger than life, the Cavalier Cyrano is not without his enemies and he seems to relish tweaking THEIR noses, as his quick wit, punctuated by his even quicker sword, oftentimes gets him into trouble. However,he is not without his romantic side, too, and he falls madly in love with Roxanne, whom he had originally thought was showing romantic interests in him as well. Alas, not to be. She is besotten by young (and tres handsome) Christian. Cyrano agrees to look after him, and
thus begins his duplicity of love for Roxanne. He writes poetry and makes speeches to Roxanne for Christian, who cannot seem to be able to put two words of romantic thought
together. This deception goes on for years, long after young Christian is killed and Roxanne has entered the nunnery. Based on the Edmond Rostand play set in 17th century Paris, “Cyrano de Bergerac” combines incredible wit and humor with the passion of romantic tragedy.

The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs

Script Analysis of Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchmaker help from adults War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Kind of conflict:    -   war (general) Lover is...    -   physically ill or deformed

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None

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