Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

Still from Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

At a glance

  • Director: Michael Gordon
  • Starring: José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince
  • Producer: Stanley Kramer (Stanley Kramer Productions)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 1 hour 53 minutes

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Synopsis

Based on the play by Edmond Rostand, the film tells the story of how the eloquent and chivalrous Cyrano – known for his wit, sword, and nose – helps the handsome but tongue-tied Christian woo Roxanne, the woman they both love.

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Highlights

Vicomte de Valvert: Such arrogance, this scarecrow. Look at him! No ribbons, no lace, not even gloves!
Cyrano de Bergerac: True! I carry my adornments only on my soul, decked with deeds instead of ribbons. Manful in my good name, and crowned with the white plume of freedom.

Cyrano de Bergerac: But to sing, to laugh, to dream, to walk in my own way – free, with an eye to see things as they are. A voice that means manhood. To cock my hat where I choose. At a word… a yes, a no. To fight, or write… but never to make a line I have not heard in my own heart. To travel any road under the sun, under the stars. Nor care if fame or fortune lie beyond the bourne. Yet, with all modesty to say, my soul be satisfied with flowers, with weeds, with thorns, even… but gather them in the one garden you may call your own. You know well I am too proud to be a parasite. And if my intellect is not the germ that grows towering to Heaven like the mountain pine, I’d stand not high as may be… but alone.
Le Bret: Alone, yes, but why go about making enemies?
Cyrano de Bergerac: Watching other people making friends, everywhere, as a dog makes friends. I mark the manner of these canine courtesies and think: here comes, thank Heaven, another enemy!

Le Bret: Why risk your life for this pastry cook?
Cyrano de Bergerac: First, because this pastry cook is a friend of mine. Second, because this pastry cook is also a poet. And most important, if anything should happen to this pastry cook, tomorrow morning at seven, his shop will be closed.

Roxanne: You do not altogether know me. I was a child… I’m a woman now. If you were less handsome, unattractive – ugly, even! – I should love you still.

Cyrano de Bergerac: When Beauty said “I love you” to the Beast, all his ugliness dissolved… like magic. But you see, I am still the same.

Roxanne: I have never loved but one man in my life… and I have lost him twice!

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