A dashing officer of the guard and romantic poet, Cyrano de Bergerac falls in love with his cousin Roxane without her knowing. His one fault in his life, he feels, is his large nose and although it may have been a forming influence in his rapier-sharp wit, he believes that Roxane will reject him. He resorts to writing letters to her on behalf of one of his cadets, Christian, who is also in love with Roxane but just doesn’t know how to tell her. She falls for the poetic charm of the letters but believes that they were written by Christian. –IMDb
Jean-Paul Rappeneau (born 8 April 1932 at Auxerre, Yonne) is a French film director, screenwriter, and actor.
He started out in film as an assistant and screenwriter collaborating with Louis Malle on Zazie dans le metro in 1960 and Vie privee in 1961. In 1964, he was co-screenwriter for L’ Homme de Rio, which starred Jean-Paul Belmondo.
The first film that he both wrote and directed was La Vie de chateau in 1966. Although it was a great critical and popular success, he did not make another film until 1971, when he directed Les Mariés de l’an II, again starring Belmondo and Marlène Jobert.
Since 1975, Rappeneau has written only for his own films, including Le Sauvage, starring Yves Montand and Tout feu tout flamme (1981), again with Montand, who co-starred with Isabelle Adjani.
In 1990, Rappeneau directed a deluxe Technicolor film version of Cyrano de Bergerac, his adaptation of the classic French play by Edmond Rostand, starring Gérard Depardieu in what may… read more
" You take everything... The laurel and the rose too! Go on, take them! But, in spite of you one thing goes with me now. And tonight, when I at last God behold my salute will sweep his blue threshold with something spotless, a diamond in the ash... which I take in spite of you and that's... My panache. "
The dialogues are so beautiful, they set the perfect pace to a duel or a declaration of love. Aesthetically speaking, this film was such a nice surprise and the scene in the balcony where the camera bounces up (balcony) and down (garden) in the middle of a darkness filled with beautiful and poetic love words left me breathless.
But everything led to the final scene, one that I can't get off my mind. The sight of Cyrano, tormented by his fate, leaves the viewer suffering as much as this failed genius, someone who never knew victory despite of his "génie". Both these scenes, shot in the shadows, show us his terrible and tragically inevitable fate.