Cyrano de Bergerac
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Synopsis

Based on the world-famous play by 19th century Edmond Rostand. The action-packed play takes place in the 17th century and imitates the classic style of that period. Cyrano is in love with his beautiful cousin Roxane, but does not declare his love openly for fear of being rejected because of his enormous nose. He is passionnate, generous, heroic, eloquent, and witty. He writes to her every day, but in the name of somebody else, a goodlooking swordsman who gains Roxane's love. 

Background

 

Director

Jean-Paul Rappenau 

Main Actors

Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber, plus 2000 extras.

Year

1990

Length

135 min

Awards

1990, Best Film, National Academy of Cinema
1991, Cesar (French Oscar) for Best Film
1991, Cesar for Best Director for Jean-Paul Rappenau
1991, Cesar for Best Actor for Gérard Depardieu
1991, Cesar for Best Supporting Actor for Jacques Weber (the Count de Guiche)
1991, Oscar for Best Costumes
1991, Nominated for Best Foreign Movie
1991, Gerard Depardieu nominated for Best Actor
1991, Golden Globe for Best Foreign Movie

Discussion

1. Why does Cyrano hate Montfleury, the actor?
2. What aspects of life in the 17th century are ridiculed? What aspects are admired?
3. The Count de Guiche has a successful career. What does he regret towards the end of his life?
4. Why does Cyrano not have a successful career despite all his talents?
5. Describe Cyrano's character. Is he dishonest or not?
6. Describe Christian. 
7. Describe Roxane.

Related websites

Gérard Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac
Teacher Cyberguide for Cyrano de Bergerac (many additional sites and activities)
Cyrano's monologue describing his own nose (in a very literal translation)
The entire Rostand play in a very literal translation is available online at http://ftp.sunet.se/ftp/pub/etext/gutenberg/etext98/cdben10.txt

 

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