Cyrano de Bergerac: Moving

Cyrano de Bergerac

Year: 1990

Writer: Jean-Claude Carrière, Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Length: 137 mins

Category: Drama

Rating: 4 out of 5

Beautiful French movie about a man in love who is unable to express it through his life since he thinks he’s ugly. Cyrano, a poet, soldier and a man highly accomplished in many things has an unusually long nose. He is in love with his cousin. Just when he musters courage to tell her, she seeks his help to get in touch with a handsome man in his company. Christian, though handsome, does not have a way with words. Cyrano helps him by writing his letters and Roxanne starts loving the words more than Christian’s looks. Cyrano finally admits that it was he who wrote those letters 14 years after Christian dies in a war.

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The movie is full of beautiful poems and great acting by Gerard Depardieu, Anne Brochet and others in the compnay. Every character in the movie is worth cherishing, a rare accomplishment for a movie with so many. Parts of it though is Bollywoodish with high strung drama.

To end this brief review, the end was the most disappointing factor about the movie. By making it a little too long and full of dialogues, the sting was taken away from the movie. If it were only a little different, I would have walked away from the movie feeling utterly lonely and sad in sympathy for Cyrano de Bergerac.

About Vivek Srinivasan

I work with the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University. Before this, I worked with the Right to Food Campaign and other rights based campaigns in India. To learn more, click here.

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