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Love and hope soar in Cyrano De Bergerac, an immensely entertaining romance featuring Gerard Depardieu as this peak.
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Gerard Depardieu gives a tour de force Oscar-nominated performance in this sumptuous (and best) screen version of the famous play
More artistry and energy than virtually any American costume drama from that period you could name.
A film for hopeless romantics, which could only be justly done by the French.
The great thing about Jean-Paul Rappeneau's 1990 film -- apart from Gerard Depardieu's central performance -- is that it returns the play to its popular entertainment self.
[T]here's a kind of soaring beauty to this expansively passionate film...
There are better love stories, but Cyrano is arguably the ultimate celebration of the romantic spirit
Depardieu makes the part forever his own.
From the opening scene in which he takes on a theater full of pretentious actors to the grand tearjerking finale, Cyrano is always the center of attention, and Depardieu, full of wit, bravado and passion, rises to the challenge.
Gives romantic love a good name, thanks to the flamboyant performance of Gerard Depardieu in this classic.
A modern movie the way they used to make `em
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.
Based on the classic of French literature, Cyrano is the tale of a brave and noble soldier with the body of a bearish brute but soul of a poet who helps a more visually appealing competitor gain the affections of his true love. There are a few parts that certain actors were born to play, and this was Gerard Depardieu's. He is simply wonderful as the eloquent and dashing hero who sets aside his jealousies to achieve true love by vicarious means. It's essentially about being true to one's soul and failing to compromise through all adversity as well as a morality fable with the simple message of "don't judge a book by its cover". It's a faithful adaptation of the material, and as such is quite wordy although its eloquence will win over all but the most hardened action junkie. Passionate, larger than life, romantic and tragic in equal measure, this Cyrano is easily the best screen adaptation and very, very French.
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.
There is no better Cyrano De Bergerac like the one with Gèrard Depardieu my friends.
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