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138 minutes


Synopsis: Cyrano de Bergerac (Depardieu) is witty, intelligent, kind, well loved, romantic and a great poet. Only one thing protrudes in his way to being a great lover, his rather over sized nose. For this defect he is not loved by women and in particular by the beautiful Roxane (Brochet) with whom he is in love. When Roxane falls in love with the handsome but stupid Christian de Neuvillette  (Perez), Cyrano offers him to woo Roxanne with his poetry, seeing this as the only means by which to express his love.  Cyrano De Bergerac is a film concerned with unrequited love, loneliness, missed opportunities and selflessness.


1990 Academy Awards: Best Costume Design; 1990 Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (Depardieu); Technical Grand Prize; 1991 Golden Globe Awards: Best Foreign Film; 1991 European Film Awards: Best Production Design; 1990 Cesar Awards: Best French Film; Best Actor (Depardieu); Best Director; Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design; Best Editor; Best Music Written for a Film; Best Production Design; Best Sound; Best Supporting Actor (Weber).

Praise for Perez:

Magill's Survey of Cinema:
"The poetic aspect of the film is nowhere more important than in the balcony scene, in which the handsome but inarticulate Christian de Neuvillette is wooing the beautiful Roxane while Cyrano hides in the shadows telling him what to say. Depardieu and his two talented costars, Anne Brochet and Vincent Perez, make this scene entirely credible."

The Charlotte Observer:
"Put Depardieu and young Anne Brochet together, with handsome Vincent Perez as Christian, the lover and fighter but definitely not the poet, and the souls of these characters come alive."

The Virginian-Pilot:
"Vincent Perez as Christian manages to suggest that his character is more than just a handsome non-entity. Scenes have been added to suggest that he was both brave and knowingly vulnerable - a pretty face with some feeling but an inability to express himself."

Critic John Hartl:
"Cyrano isn't all Cyrano, fortunately.  Anne Brochet makes a splendid Roxane, as demanding in her way as Cyrano, and Vincent Perez is convincingly callow as Christian, the young soldier who loves her but is forced to use Cyrano's words to tell her."

Critic Deborah A. Levinson:
"The film itself is a masterpiece. From the hubbub of the opening scene in the Hotel de Bourgogne, to the touching final scene at the convent of the Dames de la Croix, almost every gesture, every inflection, every motion is perfect... Rostand didn't give the character much depth, but Perez does manage to bring out Christian's primary motivation - lust, not love."

Wichita Eagle:
"Rappeneau's film is epic, lavish, glorious, exhilarating and achingly romantic...Vincent Perez plays the handsome but klutzy Christian, sort of a thankless role when you think about it. We will always root for Cyrano, but Perez's guileless performance keeps us from resenting Christian."

San Diego Union:
Not wearing is the tidal flux of movement, as actors spill from rooms into streets, courtyards and gardens. There's a battle scene with massed picks and swords that calls to mind paintings by Uccello and films by Orson Welles and Kurosawa. Even sweet, dim-but-manly Christian is acted with honest feeling by Vincent Perez while the hissable Comte de Guiche (Jacques Weber) shows some saving hints of humanity."

San Francisco Chronicle:
"Christian may not be articulate, but in Vincent Perez's performance he is no fool. When he realizes that Cyrano himself is in love with Roxane, Perez gives Christian a dignified dimension that adds substance to Roxane's feelings for him."

San Jose Mercury News:
"Brochet makes an exquisite, exasperatingly myopic Roxane; Roland Bertin is quite wonderful as Cyrano's most ardent fan, the pastry cook-poet Ragueneau; Perez is every bit the brash, ungrateful Christian; and Weber makes off with every other scene as the scorned Colonel de Guiche, whose admiration for Cyrano finally overcomes his sputtering sense of betrayal."

NY Times:
Though Miss Brochet and Mr. Perez and the other members of the supporting cast are good, Mr. Depardieu towers over the production like some benign sorcerer. He is well served by his associates, but he is the one who does the miraculous resurrecting."

Movie Film Review:
"The usually tedious role of Christian, Roxane's stupid paramour, is played with nobility by Vincent Perez.

Matt's Movie Reviews:
"Anne Brochet's gives a captivating turn as the ravishing beauty that makes men's hearts a flutter at the very sight of her, and Vincent Perez's swooning good looks (think a Spanish Johnny Depp) is the perfect foil for the role of Christian."


Gerard Depardieu.....Cyrano de Bergerac
Vincent Perez.....Christian de Nevillette
Anne Brochet......Roxane
Jacques Weber.....Comte de Guiche
Roland Bertin.....Ragueneau



Directed by.....Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Written by.....Jean-Claire Carriere and Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Music by.....Jean-Claude Petit
Cinematography by.....Pierre Lhomme


Premiered in France on March 28, 1990

DVD release: February 10, 2004


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