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Cyrano De Bergerac

  Cyrano De Bergerac   Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
9.00 /10
Gerard Depardieu (LONDON CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD - ACTOR OF THE YEAR), Anne Brochet , Vincent Perez
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Directed by: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Written by: Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Jean-Claude Carriere from the play by Edmond Rostand

Released: 1990
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: France
Colour: C
Length: 138

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The problem with this version is the axe with which director Rappaneau... approached the play. Everyone is too cowed to introduce an original idea. Likewise the production is too theatrical, yet not theatrical enough: stage hallmarks are ... rife, yet the film lacks the sense of pacing that marks a good cinematic production. Still ... Depardieu is excellent. And there is plenty of costly looking spectacle ... Unlikely to be remembered long after it closes.

(William Fisher, Screen International)
Gerard Depardieu has, of course, the role of his career, and plays it to the hilt ... However, in spite of the brilliant production and excellent portrayal, the film lacks tightness. It runs far too long... as if the filmmaker was so enchanted by the material he couldn't bear to discipline it. Nevertheless, if this isn't the ultimate Cyrano , it is a marvellous example of the artistic possibilities of the medium and, as such, merits respect and admiration.
(Eva Kissin, Films in Review )

The English subtitles, in a rhyming translation by Anthony Burgess, are a distraction.

(Halliwell's Film Guide, 2004)

Quite visceral and frequently inspired (vide the decision to stage the balcony scene during a mild rainstorm), faltering only a little during the finale, which is overextended.

(Leonard Maltin, Maltin's Movie & Video Guide, 2004)

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