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Cyrano De Bergerac

Gérard Depardieu , Anne Brochet , Jean-Paul Rappeneau    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Déjà immensément célèbre grâce à sa tirade du nez, la pièce de théâtre Cyrano de Bergerac, d’Edmond Rostand, a connu une seconde jeunesse, en 1990, grâce au réalisateur Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Son film, récipiendaire de 10 césars, offrait également à Gérard Depardieu son rôle le plus grandiose, interprétation d’ailleurs récompensée au Festival de Cannes.

Le poète-guerrier Cyrano, capitaine des cadets de Gascogne, est secrètement amoureux de sa cousine Roxane. Mais se sentant trop enlaidi par son nez proéminent, il cédera sa place au jeune et beau Christian. Ce dernier s’avérera pourtant incapable de séduire la belle par ses lettres, et l’aide de Cyrano lui deviendra précieuse.

Sans changer une virgule au texte extraordinairement moderne de Rostand, Rappeneau réalise un film d’époque riche et majestueux où peuvent se déployer de façon flamboyante les valeurs d’indépendance, de panache, d’honneur et de liberté chères à Cyrano. La guerre et l’amour servent de toile de fond au portrait ironique d’un XVIIe siècle où l’élégance est de mise et les joues sont poudrées. Cela fait de Cyrano un plaidoyer épique et pénétrant contre l’hypocrisie et la lâcheté. Soutenu par des comédiens éblouissants (Anne Brochet, Jacques Weber, Vincent Perez) et par une mise en scène ample et vigoureuse, ce film est à la mesure du personnage de Cyrano : héroïque. --Helen Faradji



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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique! July 7 2004
Format:DVD
This film was absolutely brilliant; it was beautifully shot, superbly cast, and the acting . . . suffice it to say that if you've only seen Depardieu in garbage like Green Card, you've no idea how gifted this man is. He is amazing, and the final scene is just something that has to be seen; it can't be described. For my money, you can never get too much Vincent Perez (again, stick to his French films), and Jean-Claude Petit's score is breathtaking; it's available on CD, but only as an import.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Version of Cyrano Sept. 10 2010
Format:DVD
This is not merely one of the best foreign films of all time, it is one of the best films of all time, period.

It is the definitive performance of Cyrano.
It is pointless to attempt any more remakes.

The production values in this film are very high.
The attention to detail is remarkable.
The sets, lighting, and costumes are lush.
The camera work is brilliant.
The direction is superb.
The acting is sublime.
The script is the original, and for once the acting does it justice.
Not every actor can deliver lines in verse properly, but here, like everything else it is done with a flow and an ease that is music to the ear, and the visual feast is candy to the eye.
Even the sub-titles, done by Anthony Hopkins(?) are appropriately in verse.

An outstanding film in every way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The definitve version of the Edmond Rostand play. Feb. 15 2004
Format:DVD
Cyrano De Bergerac has been performed countless times on film and stage, but no actor brings the character to life more so than Gerard Depardieu. All the things I loved about the play since I read it in junior high, have been transformed into movie magic. Cyrano is a heroic tale of a man who has been cursed with a large nose, but blessed with the wit and sensitivity of a poet. More importantly though, its a love story. A story about a 17th century Gascony cadet, who cherishes words and wit, excells to be the best at everything, and strikes fear into the hearts of men who dare stare at his nose. He is in love with his cousin Roxanne, who to has a great love for words and wit. However, she is in love with another cadet named Christian, who is handsome, also in love with Roxanne, yet tongue-tied. Cyrano, feeling fate is against him, decides to help Christian become a mighty hero of romance. With Cyrano's words Roxanne falls deeper in love with Christian. So in love that she forgets how handsome he is and now loves him for his soul. Cyrano, knowing this, and Christian also knowing that Cyrano is madly in love with Roxanne, decides to tell all to Roxanne. But again fate denies Cyrano the chance, for Christian dies during a siege by the Spanish army. With Christian dead how can Roxanne believe Cyrano? Roxanne goes into mouring and not until 14 years later, she finally realizes that it was Cyrano's words and soul that captivated her. She passionatley confesses her love to him, but alas fate mocks Cyrano again for death is but a moment away. The film is acted with such grace, that you feel the characters words in your heart. Filmed in beautifull 17th century French settings with great attention to detail and a score that would make John Williams envy. Its easy to see why this version is the definitive version of the famous play. It would be a 5 star DVD if it were not for the lack of special features.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By CEP
Format:DVD
The movie is a classic and a very thoughtful movie.
This said I bought this DVD from UsedSalesCa which I can not recommend for these reasons:
1) When I bought this DVD, the Region Code was not clearly displayed but buried deep into a sale receipt-note (now corrected)
2) The DVD itself is of poor viewing quality
3) The seller will refund you once you ship back the DVD to them (which for me cost almost the same price as the DVD itself - I'm from Canada and I must ship this to the UK. Overall, a waste of time and money).

My experience with this seller was not satisfying at all but I hope yours will be better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un pur chef-d'oeuvre! April 13 2003
Format:DVD
Il fallait bien un film exceptionnel pour me faire rédiger un commentaire. Celui-ci se distingue sous tous ses aspects.

Tout d'abord, le dialogue est demeuré fidèle au texte d'Edmond Rostand! Contrairement à ce qui a été avancé, le texte n'est pas identique à l'original. Quelques phrases ont été modifiées pour accomoder la fluidité ou le contexte du film. De plus, certains passages (comme le voyage dans la lune) ont été éliminés, mais ils ne l'ont été que pour éviter les longueurs et préserver le rythme du film. Et c'est très bien ainsi!

Le film demeure parfaitement fidèle au mot et à l'esprit du chef-d'oeuvre de Rostand. Alliant humour, action, aventure et combats de cape et d'épée, il présente ce qui est vraisemblablement la plus belle histoire d'amour jamais écrite (après Roméo et Juliette), avec une virtuosité inégalée.

La scène du balcon est magnifiquement rendue, la tirade du nez est un chef-d'oeuvre d'interprétation, et le duel verbal entre Christian et Cyrano est savoureux! Toute scène mérite mention, mais celle de la fin réussit à distiller la quintessence du livre, et tirerait une larme d'une pierre.

Le rythme est entraînant, les scènes d'actions ne s'imposent pas comme superflues, et l'atmosphère de l'époque est parfaitement rendue. De plus, le jeu des acteurs est exceptionnel!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ce film a été expediter de la France / this film was ship from France
Published 1 month ago by Denis BELLEMARE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cyrano
The best Depardieu's movie
Published 2 months ago by Jacques Bureau
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Ce film est excellent pour l'école - pour ceux qui enseignent la pièce au secondaire. Très bonne adaptation de la pièce !
Published 13 months ago by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars chef d oeuvre
je le recommande a tous, grande œuvre avec un grand acteur

pour les amateur de poésie et de beau langage

interprétation magistral de... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Richard
2.0 out of 5 stars Known Issues?
I have coveted this movie for the past ten years, maybe more. I used to drop hints to my family near Christmas and my birthday but this year decided I would buy it for myself. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2012 by Foreign movie lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, poetry and humour - it has it all!
This is my favourite French film. I bought it for my son (7) who is in French immersion, and he didn't think he'd like it, but everytime I put it in, he can't stop watching it. Read more
Published on July 1 2010 by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars question?
If anyone could tell me if this DVD is subtitled in english i would really appreciate it. Thanks
Published on Jan. 28 2005 by Leah
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment in long-awaited release.
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. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by K. Bowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyrano est tres bon
Cyrano de Bergerac is a story of a hidden love, one so deep that the lover gives up his life's happiness to please the woman he adores. Read more
Published on March 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Filmmaking
I have waited for this film in digital format since the day I figured out how to work the remote on my DVD player. What a gorgeous piece of work. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by Ecclesiastes 1:9
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