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Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 5 November 1951 (Sweden)
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The charismatic swordsman-poet helps another woo the woman he loves in this straightforward version of the play.

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Michael Gordon

Writers:

Edmond Rostand (play), Brian Hooker (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Cyrano de Bergerac
Mala Powers ... Roxane
William Prince ... Christian de Neuvillette
Morris Carnovsky ... Le Bret
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Antoine Comte de Guiche
Lloyd Corrigan ... Ragueneau
Virginia Farmer ... Duenna
Edgar Barrier ... Cardinal (Richelieu)
Elena Verdugo ... Orange Girl
Albert Cavens Albert Cavens ... Vicomte de Valvert
Arthur Blake Arthur Blake ... Montfleury
Don Beddoe ... The Meddler
Percy Helton ... Bellerose
Virginia Christine ... Sister Marthe
Gil Warren Gil Warren ... Doctor
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Storyline

France, 1640: Cyrano, the charismatic swordsman-poet with the absurd nose, hopelessly loves the beauteous Roxane; she, in turn, confesses to Cyrano her love for the handsome but tongue-tied Christian. The chivalrous Cyrano sets up with Christian an innocent deception, with tragic results. Much cut from the play, but dialogue not rewritten. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Most Loved of All Love Stories! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Musketier See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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In the scene in which Cyrano fights off "a hundred men" to save Ragueneau, a stunt double can be seen in some shots doubling for José Ferrer. See more »

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[first lines]
Montfleury: Thrice happy he who hides from pomp and power/ In sylvan shade or or solitary bower/ Where balmy zephyrs fan his burning cheeks...
Cyrano de Bergerac: Clown! King of Clowns! Leave the stage at once!
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Classic rendition about the gallant swordsman and poet with an enormous nose
27 March 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Classy version of Edmond Rostand's play about romantic as well as grotesque-looking /poet Cyrano Bergerac (José Ferrer who provides his most sensitive and believable acting) who fears to reveal his love to the beautiful Roxanne (Mala Powers) because the feels his huge nose makes him unattractive . Cyrano bears the pain of his devotion Roxanne ; however , attempting to help his lover contender . So , he serves as a surrogate lover by encouraging another man's attention to her . As , he supports the good-looking but tongue-tied Christian (William Prince) to romance her . As Cyrano expresses his own feelings by helping handsome fellow soldier woo Roxanne instead . And , finally , declarating his love to the gorgeous Roxanne . Meanwhile , there is developed a bloody war between the French and Spanish Armies and in which the two lovers take part with tragic consequences . The most fabulous hero of all time, with the most famous nose in history! He fought because of it! .He loved in spite of it! He lived to immortalize it! Fabulous Hero! Famous Nose!The Most Loved of All Love Stories!... he was the three musketeers in one, and one lover in a million!

Ths is the vintage retelling around playwright Edmond Rostand's known story of a giant-nose yet poetic cavalier . Settings are well designed to show the environment and piece period . And language attempting to capture the intricate sense and rhymes of the original dialogue written by Edmond Rostand . This is a multi-awarded movie for its cast , costumes, production design , music and photography . José Ferrer gives an extraordinary acting as the large-nosed Musketeer who finds himself too ugly to be loved . Ferrer brings to exhilarating life Rostand's well-loved play , delivering a portentous acting . Ferrer became successful and really famous for this role , which won him a deseved Academy Award . Being based on Edmond Rostand play and Brian Hooke carried out the adequate translation of the play . It displays an evocative cinematography in black and white by Franz Planer . Although , it is also availble in horrible colorized version . An and atmospheric and appropriate musical score by Dimitri Tiomkin . This Stanley Kramer production released thru United Artists was well made by Michael Gordon . Rating : 7/10 . Better than average . Essential and indispensable watching .

Other adaptations about this famous play are the following ones : Cyrano Bergerac 1925 silent recounting by Augusto Genina with Pierre Magner and Ferrari . Cyrano Bergerac 1950 , a nice recounting well played by Derek Jacobi , Sinead Cusack , this is a Royal Shakespeare Company Production , being translated and adapted by Anthony Burgess . 1987 , titled Roxanne directed by Fred Schepesi , this is a marvellous adaptation for the modern age , a contemporary comic take on Rostand's Cyrano with a romantic triangle between a a big-nosed , small town fire chief , a shy fireman and the lovely astronomer they both love , being performed by Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah and Rick Rossovich . And the best : Cyrano Bergerac 1990 by Jean Paul Rappenau with Gerard Depardieu , Anne Brochet , Jacques Wever ,


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