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||IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 from 2,516 votes
||Release: 16 November 1950 (USA) /
||Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
||Director: Michael Gordon,
||Stars: Albert Cavens, Arthur Blake, Don Beddoe, Edgar Barrier, Elena Verdugo, Gil Warren, José Ferrer, Lloyd Corrigan, Mala Powers, Morris Carnovsky, Percy Helton, Ralph Clanton, Virginia Christine, Virginia Farmer, William Prince
||Synopsis: France, 1640: Cyrano, the charismatic swordsman-poet with the absurd nose, hopelessly loves the beauteous Roxane; she, in turn, confesses to Cyrano her love for the handsome but tongue-tied Christian. The chivalrous Cyrano sets up with Christian an innocent deception, with tragic results. Much cut from the play, but dialogue not rewritten. Written by Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Jose Ferrer first performed "Cyrano de Bergerac" on Broadway in 1946,
where it achieved a very successful run (for a revival). Ferrer was
highly acclaimed in the role and won a Tony for his performance. His
success in the role enabled him to be the first actor to bring "Cyrano"
to the big screen in English. This was in 1950, in a Stanley
Kramer-produced film for which Ferrer won the Best Actor Oscar, beating
out such actors as James Stewart in "Harvey", William Holden in "Sunset
Blvd.", and Spencer Tracy in the original "Father of the Bride".
Until the 1990 Gerard Depardieu Technicolor spectacular in French,
Ferrer's version of "Cyrano" was considered the one to see. But now,
Depardieu's film has unfairly thrown this 1950 version into neglect.
Part of the reason, perhaps, is the budget involved in this film.
Cowardly studio executives who were afraid that a film in blank verse
would fail at the box office refused to give this film the kind of
budget that Laurence Olivier had enjoyed in his 1940's Shakespeare
films, or the kind of budget that was used in films like the 1936 M-G-M
version of "Romeo and Juliet" and the 1935 "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
And so, this "Cyrano" looks more like a cheap B-movie than a worthy
film version of a classic play. There are no huge sets or spectacular
camera shots--just the play, performed (with only a couple of added
scenes in ordinary prose rather than the English translation's blank
verse) on obvious Hollywood sound stages.
But, this film boasts what is certainly one of the greatest
performances in the history of film--and especially American film. José
Ferrer, an often maligned actor accused of hamminess and overemphasis,
gives the performance of his life as Cyrano. His portrayal is in every
way the equal of Depardieu's, and as far as I am concerned, even
better. Depardieu relies on sincerity and subtle facial expressions.
Ferrer also has these, but he has in addition one of the most
beautiful, rich voices ever to come out of the theatre,and magnificent
enunciation as well. Unlike Depardieu, who speaks the beautiful French
verse as rapidly as if he were firing a machine gun (as do the others
in the French film), Ferrer allows us to appreciate the rich poetry in
Brian Hooker's translation, long considered the greatest verse
translation of a play into English. His portrayal is more flamboyant
than Depardieu, and he shows a heartbreaking sense of tragedy as he
realizes that the beautiful Roxane will probably never be his. The "big
moment" in the final scene is shattering in Ferrer's hands.
As for the rest of the cast, this is where the Depardieu and Ferrer
versions differ. Depardieu's supporting cast was excellent, but here
Mala Powers is disappointingly ordinary and one-note, though beautiful,
as Roxane, and William Prince is quite good as Christian, but Ralph
Clanton as De Guiche is rather cartoonish, an ordinary hissable villain
until the last half-hour or so. The usually reliable Morris Carnovsky,
though, is an excellent LeBret. The role of Ligniere, the drunk, has
been eliminated,and his lines given to Rageauneau, the pastry cook
(competently played by Lloyd Corrigan).
There are a few cuts in this version, as compared to Depardieu's, but
Brian Hooker's English translation is given its due prominence. Michael
Gordon's direction is excellent, and the duel at the theatre, while not
allowed to roam all over the location, as in Depardieu's version, is
well done and more faithful in staging to author Edmond Rostand's
This "Cyrano", however, definitely should not be allowed to fade away
in obscurity, relegated to late-night TV, where it is now often
mutilated for commercial breaks. It should be restored and brought back
to cable to be fully appreciated.
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, Arthur Blake
, Don Beddoe
, Edgar Barrier
, Elena Verdugo
, Gil Warren
, José Ferrer
, Lloyd Corrigan
, Mala Powers
, Morris Carnovsky
, Percy Helton
, Ralph Clanton
, Virginia Christine
, Virginia Farmer
, William Prince
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