Thursday, July 1, 2010

365 Movies: Cyrano de Bergerac Review

Cyrano de Bergerac stars Jose Ferrer, Mala Powers, and William Prince in this 1950 film. The well spoken but long-nosed Cyrano de Bergerac(Ferrer) loves the fair and beautiful Roxane(Powers) but fears she doesn't love him back, because of his rather "unusual'' features. In love with another man, Roxane wants Cyrano to be kind to this man, and make him feel welcomed. Using him to his advantage, Cyrano helps Christian(Prince) by speaking for him, while Christian appears to know, what he's saying. Cyrano later finds out, that Roxane didn't love Christian because of his looks, but because she thought it was he, who was speaking those eloquent words to her. It's a lovely film, but overall it drags. There were so many parts, that I wish that they had taken out, because it just made the film feel so much longer. I loved the sort of friendship between Cyrano and Christian. Though they both vie for the same woman, in the end, they both want her to be happy, and that is really what matters most. I loved the part, when Christian thinks he doesn't need Cyrano anymore, and decides he's going to Roxane on his own, and completely goes wrong for him, until Cyrano comes back and helps him. I thought Jose's performance as Cyrano was superb, and he definitely deserved to win the Oscar for best actor. William was marvelous as usual, but I didn't really think much of Mala.

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