Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

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In this film, Jose Ferrer stars as Cyrano de Bergerac, a 17th-century French cavalier, poet, and swordsman whose prominent nose is the subject of many a duel. Cyrano is madly in love with the beautiful Roxanne but assumes she will never love him back due to his huge nose.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Carl Foreman, Brian Hooker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2003
Runtime:
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as Cyrano de Bergerac

as Roxane

as Christian de Neuvill...

as Antoine Comte de Gui...

as Ragueneau

as Cardinal

as Orange Girl

as Valvert

as Montfleury

as The Meddler

as Bellerose

as Sister Marthe

as Doctor

as Man with Gazette

as Guardsman

as Cadet

as Cadet

as Viscount Valvert

as Capuchin Monk

as Lackey (Assassin)
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Critic Reviews for Cyrano de Bergerac

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Audiences, traditionally willing to meet this impossibly romantic classic half way, may have to go a bit further this time.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Withal, there is beauty and magic in the things that Cyrano says. He is still a magnificent character. Thank goodness, he is on the screen.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

At least some of the lines in the Rostand play are good.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Stanley Kramer's production, directed by Michael Gordon, is well acted by Jose Ferrer, who won the Best Actor Oscar.

Full Review… | July 18, 2009
EmanuelLevy.Com

Your opinion of Ferrer's work will depend upon your taste in acting. This is technique work, like Olivier's. The performance feels outward bound, theatrical, expert in that manner.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Cyrano de Bergerac

A poetic aristocrat with a large nose helps a pretty boy dolt win the heart of the woman they both love.
The Rostand play of the same name is one of my favorites, and the conundrum of putting one's personal feelings aside for the good of others is a theme that resonates with me. While Jose Ferrer exquisitely captures Cyrano's eloquence and defensive arrogance, the deep-seated pain caused by the story's plot and his own insecurities are almost inscrutable and unexplored by the film.
Overall, the source material is so good that it's almost impossible to screw this story up, but I think a more emotionally grounded performance that eclipses Cyrano's performative qualities would've made for a stronger interpretation.

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Jim Hunter

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½

If I remember correctly, the first time I saw this movie it was a colorized version on VHS. I have now seen it in its original black and white. The colorization was not terrible, but not ideal either and it is really the performances and the classic story that holds your interest in either version. It is a high romance with touches of comedy. When I started my Oscar winning film list from the beginning (1927, the final year that silents ruled), I was sure I would be bored by those supposedly ancient films. The first years of talkies were in reality more problematic. This period movie and others from the 1950's, I imagined would be another rough patch in movie history. Jose Ferrer had a commanding grasp of the character of Cyrano from portraying it on stage and deserved the Oscar he won, however. The English translation of the dialog, the composition of the shots, the sword play and Ferrer's performance especially give this movie an unexpected energy, vitality and panache.

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Byron Brubaker

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Jose Ferrer's version of Cyrano misses the mark. A fact that becomes all the more obvious when you compare it to the Depardieu version of the 80s. Cyrano is arrogance with no heart.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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