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A French tv dinner by Swanson
on February 3, 2009
Taped during a performance in a large Bdway theater, with many cameras and American movie/tv stars to lure the public,this French stalwart emerges rather flavorless and indigestible. It was designed, directed, and performed for proscenium viewing, so the up-close cinematic techniques of the dvd work against it and coarsen everything. Kevin Kline has the chops for a good Cyrano but is not permitted to take flight--at least his vocal delivery is polished American, no exaggerated volume required. In his buffoon "Moon" soliloquy he rather imitates Robin Williams. Jennifer Garner is a marionette with the director frantically jerking her strings, and her girlish delivery degrades precious Roxanne--she runs through lines with no finesse. Daniel Sunyata plays the lovelorn verbally challenged airhead Christian, so just be handsome and relieved you are not required to deliver any poetry or wit--this role is pretty much a foil for Cyrano and Roxanne. Most of the dialogue seems rushed like a pie eating contest so neither actor nor listener has a chance to savor it. So this here dvd is educational, but to be moved and thrilled just pick up a copy of the play and read it.