Cyrano de Bergerac

1990, Romance, 2h 15m

29 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Love and hope soar in Cyrano De Bergerac, an immensely entertaining romance featuring Gerard Depardieu as his peak. Read critic reviews

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Soldier and poet Cyrano de Bergerac (Gérard Depardieu) is in love with Roxane (Anne Brochet), but he's too ashamed to admit it because of his big nose. When a cadet, Christian (Vincent Perez), falls for Roxane, he asks for Cyrano's help in sharing his feelings. Cyrano writes love letters signed with Christian's name, and Roxane doesn't realize that it's Cyrano's words she falls for. She marries Christian, and Cyrano continues to keep the other man's secret, even after tragedy strikes.

Cast & Crew

Gérard Depardieu
Cyrano De Bergerac
Vincent Perez
Christian de Neuvillette
Jacques Weber
Comte De Guiche
Philippe Volter
Vicomte de Valvert
Pierre Maguelon
Carbon de Castle-Jaloux
Jerome Nicolin
The Monk
Jean-Claude Petit
Original Music
Pierre Lhomme
Cinematographer
Ezio Frigerio
Production Design
Jacques Rouxel
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  • Apr 29, 2015
    Edmond Rostand's classic story comes to life in this 1990 adaptation. Gerard Depardieu has recently become a parody of himself, the fat Frenchman who drinks a vineyard and a half every day, and that makes it easy to forget how energetic, poetic, and compelling he once was. He gives a tour de force performance in this film, actually challenging Jose Ferrer for the best Cyrano. The problem with story is that it's hard to believe that a man as arrogant as Cyrano wouldn't try to sink or swim with Roxanne on his merits. So there has to be an element of self-conscious insecurity to his scenes with her, and while that's not altogether missing from Depardieu's performance, it's still not clear why Cyrano wouldn't pursue her on his own behalf. Vincent Perez actually brings a strength to the hapless role of Christian. Overall, this is one of the best versions of a classic story.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2010
    The 1990 version by Jean-Paul Rappeneau is, to my mind, one of the best adaptations of the Rostand story, and a great romance/drama. This version even surpasses some very fine stage adaptations that I’ve seen, and it’s a great story for the stage. You’ve seen the theme many times, the unrequited love of a tragic hero for the maiden, but never like presented here. Gerard Depardieu made this character and movie completely his own, and Rappeneau managed to make all the members of the love triangle equally sympathetic. Christian does come off as sincere, and Roxane does come off as intelligent, but also kind. This pays huge dividends at the end of the movie, with Cyrano’s big revelation that he’s carried with him for many years. The film treats the key episodes of the romance and wooing by proxy with a skilled artistry that you don’t see in many romances. The idea of writing someone else’s letters for wooing is humorous, and the humor is played perfectly throughout: It’s never ridiculous, because Depardieu and his co-stars play their roles exactly right. The poetry and Cyrano’s love of words is clear, and even the inexperienced Christian is moved. The film could tip into the maudlin at times, but it doesn’t. It feels true. The duels and wordplay are also well-handled, and even Cyrano’s enemies have good moments. It’s also an interesting period of history, and the whole flashing blades/musketeers era beautifully portrayed. One of the best of its type. The acting and ‘being there’ feeling is spot-on. You feel every insult, and you see how personal the duels are, both with words, and with swords. The stakes are high with Anne Brochet as the object of the men’s desire. This talented comedienne and actress certainly found some depth and intelligence to a character that is often portrayed as merely coquettish or dismissive. Here, we get all the emotions of the love triangle. The all-french production also shines with its cinematography, art direction, and of course, costumes. The score by Jean-Claude Petit is appropriate and understated. The final sequences on the battlefield are well-shot and interesting to watch. The final minutes, with Cyrano’s death are well-handled. If you’ve ever loved someone that didn’t love you, that final scene will poke at your heartstrings. In French of course, but you hardly notice. Recommended.
    Mark K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2010
    Gerard Depardieu shines as Cyrano, the brute swordsman with the soul of a witty and loquacious poet. A passionate chant to real love, beyond any superficial matter.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2009
    There is no better Cyrano De Bergerac like the one with Gèrard Depardieu my friends.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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