Cyrano De Bergerac (1990)

JEAN-PAUL RAPPENEAU

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

France, 1990.  Caméra One, Centre National de la Cinématographie, DD Productions, Films A2, Hachette Première, Investors Club, Sofinergie 1, Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by , Jean-Paul Rappeneau, based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Gerard Depardieu is a compelling Cyrano, a nobleman with a laughably big nose who falls in love with the beautiful Roxane () but instantly assumes he cannot have her because of his face. When a young soldier () confides to Cyrano that he is in love with Roxane, Cyrano coaches him in how to woo her, helping him write letters and even going with Perez to her house late at night to spout poetry while hiding in the bushes. The outcome of the story is well known to most, but the experience of it in this film is lyrical and moving. Though it could definitely be shorter, its stunning production detail and intelligent characters make for a memorable experience.

Academy Award:  Best Costume Design
Nominations:  Best Actor (Depardieu); Best Makeup; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Foreign Language Film (France)

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Actor (Gerard Depardieu)

Golden Globe AwardBest Foreign Language Film (France)

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