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Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

Gérard Depardieu , Anne Brochet , Jean-Paul Rappeneau  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber, Roland Bertin
  • Directors: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
  • Writers: Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Edmond Rostand, Jean-Claude Carričre
  • Producers: André Szöts, Michel Seydoux, René Cleitman
  • Format: Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YEENU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cyrano de Bergerac" on IMDb

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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 Actor 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

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and beautiful June 4, 2007
Format:DVD
I take Cyrano seriously. For me, Rostand's play, as known to me through Brian Hooker's translation and Jose Ferrer's performance, is a force that has never ceased to inspire, sustain and enrich my life since I first came across it in high school. I show no patience for translations or productions that fail (as I see it) to convey the poetry and grandeur of both the language and the characters. Having said that, I thought this French production of Cyrano was magnificent and will be seen as the definitive modern version for many years to come.

As opposed to the 1950 Jose Ferrer classic, whose sets were rather bare, and whose supporting cast was somewhat cartoonish (which still doesn't detract from Ferrer's tour de force), this production achieves both realism and romance in its beautifully lavish and detailed sets and costumes, not to mention its expertly chosen cast. At all times, you are made to feel as if you were really there, watching real people converse in 17th century France (although I realize that real people don't speak in rhyming couplets), but at other times, such as with the balcony scene, you are transported into a dream or a poem, which is right and proper for this play. I had doubts about Depardieu, but I was able to see him as Cyrano, at least physically. However, he struck me as somewhat too blustering and not as refined as I would expect the character to be (Ferrer was much cooler and nobler, in my view), but I suppose Depardieu knows more about French panache than I do. Unfortunately, the English subtitles employ the execrable Anthony Burgess translation, but that won't be too much of an annoyance to anyone who already has the lines of Hooker rolling around in their head. This is a great movie which should be treasured by any fan of Cyrano, although I would recommend that newcomers should see the Ferrer version first.
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85 of 105 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment in long-awaited release. March 25, 2004
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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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's French for "Marveleous"? June 10, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars missing the best line in the play March 8, 2012
Format:DVD
Spoiler alert! This version has superb costuming, and is quite faithful overall to Rostand; I know it well in French and was stunned that they left out Roxane's line when she realizes Cyrano is dying: "Je n'aimais qu'un seul etre, et je le perds deux fois!" ("I have loved but one man, and I lose him twice!") How could they have cut this beautiful, heart-rending line, which essentially sums up the entire play? I reversed the DVD a couple of times just to see if I'd missed it somehow. I hadn't, it's just not there. Bummer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Paired with the text, it comes alive and is one of the greats.
Published 11 days ago by Charles J. Marr
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
this was the finest telling of the age old tale. i have loved it since reading it, find the bitter sweet ending too tearful and tender to ignore and i am forever quoting the great,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by will crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Depardieu est Cyrano
Un classique de cinéma. J'ai adoré le film mais aussi la maitrise de Gérard Depardieu dans le role de sa vie.

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Published 5 months ago by Robert Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars I never get tired of watching this movie!
Rarely will you be displeased with a performance by Gerard Depardieu! He is magical. And yes, beautiful inside - never mind the nose! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have no idea why this movie is not in wide print, but it isn't, so you end up paying for it. Well, I'm a fan of both the book and movie, so I shelled out and got it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sean Flannery
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyrano de Bergerac, a Subtitle Must Have
I saw this movie a long time ago at a cinema. It was the first subtitled film that I have seen. I ordered it remembering how Depardieu starred. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Debra Orendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless love story
Great acting by the best French actors
Super settings & ambientation
You can almost feel you are in that place & time
Timelss story
Published 8 months ago by Isabel Menocal
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hero To Admire
This excellant movie shows us the character od Cyrano de Bergerac, a legendary Frenchman who lived in the late 1400s. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tony Marquise Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Depardieu!
What a great actor! If you read his biography (the one authorized by him & with his name as the title) you learn that he overcame extraordinary odds to be able to perform that... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Janet Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Gerard is a great actor and he is the perfect actor for the role of Cyrano by far the best.
Published 14 months ago by ghostwolfe1
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