One of France's literary treasures commands the screen with this "exceptionally graceful adaptation" (Los Angeles Times) that received a Best Foreign Film Golden GlobeÂ(r) and five OscarÂ(r) nominations*, including Best Ac... more »tor for Gerard Depardieu! Cyrano (Depardieu), a master swordsman and poet, feels he cannot woo his beloved Roxane (Anne Brochet) due to an unfortunate physical flaw: his grotesquely large nose. Resigning himself to helping another suitor, the dashing yet tongue-tied Christian (Vincent Perez), Cyrano uses his mastery of words to win Roxane forhim. But when Roxane finds that she has fallen for Christian's mindand not for his beautywhich of her two suitors will finally possess her heart? *1990: Foreign Language Film, Art Direction-Set Decoration, Costume Design (won), Makeup« less
K. Bowden | Richmond, CA United States | 03/25/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I'd been waiting years for this to be released on DVD, it's a fabulous movie, my absolute favorite adaptation of the original play - however, MGM messed up. This edition is a matted letterbox, which means that it's actually a 4:3 TV image with the full image reduced to fit on the screen of a traditional TV screen and has black mattes on the top and bottom. However, it should have been presented in anamorphic widescreen - which gives the same presentation on a 4:3 TV but also fits a widescreen television set. As it is, it will not display properly on a widescreen tv - the image is either stretched out (so that everyone and everything is flat) or is enlarged beyond the border of the tv screen - thus cutting off the subtitles! My wide television has 6 separate display formats but I cannot format a full image on my screen that is not warped or severely cropped. Extremely disappointing. I'm hoping for a new true anamorphic widescreen edition to be released eventually, but at least I have the film for now."
I Take Only My Panache
K. Bowden | 01/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a movie about honor, unrequited love and the best swordsman in all of France. It is set in Rennaissance France and concerns the love that Cyrano de Bergerac holds for the lovely Roxanne, and the love she bears for Christian, a soldier in his troupe. Roxanne asks Cyrano to help her begin a relationship with Christian, and out of love Cyrano promises to speak to Christian, who enlists Cyrano's aid to woo Roxanne. Cyrano helps Christian by writing beautiful letters. The lovers tale plays out, even as they are surrounded by intrigue, threat of war, and some great swashbuckling action. Edmond Rostand wrote an incredible tale of honor and this version starring Gerard Depardieu is one of the best presentations of the tale I've seen. Depardieu makes the tragic/heroic character of Cyrano so real that you feel you've lived the story by the end."
Restore your respect for Depardieu ...
Miyo K Geddes Wratten | 02/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"and watch Cyrano de Bergerac. I was a French major in university, and am not a fan of any of the "classics" in any language. But this film made me run out and read the play -- in French -- three times. I did a special senior project on the film and the written play ... Depardieu's training in stage plays comes through strong in this movie, and so does his passion as well as the passion of the author who wrote the original play. Depardieu's massive energy in this role as Cyrano serves only to accentuate the beautiful words he uses to express his love for Roxanne. Beautifully acted, beautifully filmed, you'll never see Depardieu the same again."
""We All Have Our Wounds" ~ A Romantic Film For The Ages
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 06/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Note: French with optional English and Spanish subtitles.
This French language film adaptation of the classic 'Cyrano de Bergerac' released in '90 is without question the most enjoyable 138 minutes in front of the television screen I've experienced in quite some time. Everything about this production is absolute perfection; cinematography, settings, music, screenplay and of course acting.
Gerard Depardieu is an unstoppable force of nature as the eloquent but hot-headed Cyrano. He thunders and rages about one moment only to suddenly turn ethereal and wax poetic the next. The lovely Anne Brochet is a wonderful complement to the blustering Cyrano as his unattainable Roxane and Vincent Perez delivers a strong performance as the handsome but slow tongued Christian.
The dialogue is crisp, textured and witty, however if you're French impaired as I am you'll probably have trouble keeping up with the subtitles. But that's OK, you'll just catch the missing parts the next time you watch and you will definitely watch again and again."
What's French for "Marveleous"?
Amie Staley | 06/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this movie. It's poetic, tragic, romantic and full of wit. Gerard Depardieu's Cyrano was perfect. He wasn't acting, he WAS Cyrano. His love for Roxanne tugged at my heart. It was a noble thing for Cyrano to help Christian woo Roxanne with his beautiful poetry. That kind of giving is a rarity. For fourteen years he kept his secret, all in the name of his love for Roxanne. Even as he was dying, he still denied that it was he who wrote the letters, but Roxanne realized the truth as her eyes were opened to what had been right in front of them for years. I highly recommend this film, whether you speak French or not(Thank goodness for subtitles). It's a tear jerker. And it will make you laugh as well. Cyrano's wit is without rival, especially during the duel scene. The movie was well-acted and well-filmed. And the costumes were great. "Cyrano de Bergerac" is just superb all around."