Cyrano de Bergerac

1990, France, Language: French, Subtitles: Hungarian (138’); Screening: 09.09, 18.45, Toldi Cinema, Kisterem

“Sir, your nose is very big”. Edmond Rostand’s entertaining piece that went on to become a classic is not primarily about the power of poetry, but instead the timidity of man. It is a kind of solace and balm for men of a less handsome visage. It is capable of making one believe, and quite forcefully, too, that it is worth being educated and a poet because what we write, our words are at least as impactful on the ladies as our looks and muscular appearance. Perhaps the saddest episode in the story of Cyrano, who wields the sword and word equally effectively, is where Roxane whispers that actually she loves her suitor Christian for his soul. This once overwhelmingly successful, colourful and sensitive adaptation would be a paler version were it not for the noble acting of Gérard Depardieu. Filmed partly in Hungary, in Szilvásvárad and in Eger.

Directed by: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Written by: Edmond Rostand (play)
Screenplay by: Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Jean-Claude Carrière           
Director of photography: Pierre Lhomme
Music by: Kurt Kuenne, Jean-Claude Petit  
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber, Roland Bertin, Philippe Morier-Genoud
Genre: comedy
Production: Caméra One, Centre National de la Cinématographie, DD Productions, Films A2
Format: colour, 1.66:1