37 thoughts on “Cyrano (2021): Prepare to Cry

  1. There was a production some years ago based on translation by Edwin Morgan (gay Glaswegian poet) which subtly took hints from the fact that the historical Cyrano seems to have been gay. Adds another interesting layer if one considers that perhaps he’s partly motivated also by unrequited love for Christian.

    1. It’s clear that Cyrano comes to feel as deeply for Christian as for Roxane. He is definitely reluctant to break the boy’s heart by taking his girl. Christian on the other hand isn’t about to hang on to the girl Cyrano also loves, especially as he won her by a lie. It’s a bromance as well as a romance. In a way Roxane is the odd woman out.

    2. Wow–now that’s a fascinating plot twist. The music on the trailer sounds rather awful, but I trust Dinklage to overcome any schmaltz in the production.

      1. Dinklage as Cyrano, can’t wait. I loved him in GOT and he projects intelligent, wit and integrity. Not to mention, he’s hot.

  2. It looks fantastic, but after a major event in my life, I can’t watch tragedies anymore. That being said, I look forward to your review of the movie.

  3. I think I can convince my musical-phobic husband to watch because of the presence of Dinklage, who you, I and the doorpost know will be stunningly heartbreaking in this. And, it looks so pretty. Tissues at the ready!

  4. If you love the Cyrano story and are not afraid to read your movies, I submit for your consideration “Aru Kengo no Shogai” (which is alternately either “Life of an Accomplished Swordsman” or “Samurai Saga”). Transplanting the story to 16th c. Japan, Hiroshi Inagaki directs Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Tsukasa and Akira Takirada – and I cry at the end every time.

    I even did a costuming blogpost about it. https://gurdymonkey.dreamwidth.org/969473.html

    Available online to stream here. https://archive.org/details/samurai-saga-1959

  5. There’s an excellent film called “Day After the Fair” which is based on a Thomas Hardy short story “On the Western Circuit” that is a Cyrano story written before Cyrano. The film had great early 1890s costumes. It is hard to find. In it a lady writes love letters for her illiterate maid and the trouble starts as the circuit judge falls in love with the letter writer, and the maid is pregnant with his child.

  6. I don’t entertain the idea of Gerad Depardieu now, but I remember weeping watching him deliver the final speech as he is dying and Roxanne finally knows it was always him, always him. He will forever, for me, be Cyrano

    1. I understand your problems with Depardieu. Jean Rochefort was such a much better actor and lived in 1990… But it’s a masterpiece in hiw own way with superb pictures and actors. I loved even the fighting before V.Perez dead.

  7. When I watched the trailer, I put this movie on my “must see” list.

    I’ve always struggled with Cyrano (story and movies) because it shows how shallow people are and how we cannot overlook physical looks in relationships, but can easily over look abusive actions. I’ve also not been on board with the whole ‘big nose’ thing as a real barrier between people (big noses are usually a sly reference to Jews). But a small person? That seems much more believable. And exploring deeper contexts of masculinity? Sign me up.

    Joe Wright’s movies are really developing a certain colour palette/signature as this looks visually a lot like Anna Karenina.

  8. A frequent problem in casting ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ is that in every version I can think of whoever plays Roxane is significantly younger than Cyrano. This makes no sense with the text, considering they knew each other as children, and adds to the creepiness of Cyrano’s manipulation of Roxane’s feelings. I’m interested in seeing this new film version, but would like to see a performance or adaptation where they seem to have been born in the same decade.

  9. Jose Ferrer will always be my Cyrano. But this sounds like an interesting version. Peter Dinklage deserves starring vehicles, obviously. But I hope they don’t make Christian a total dim bulb because he’s not. He’s quite clever about how he picks a fight with Cyrano. His problem is his no good at the kind of high flown sentiment Roxane demands. In justice to the girl it’s the fact Cyrano plays big brother to her not the nose that makes her overlook him as a romantic prospect. If he’d used some of that eloquence on her in his own person she might have seen him differently. Christian also has the good sense to realize the only way any of them can be genuinely happy is to come clean and let Roxane make up her mind between them with no more lies and obfuscatuons. I see why Cyrano lies to the dying Christian that Roxane chose him. I can see why he doesn’t want to disillusion her with Christian. What I have trouble forgiving is he never tried to get her love him but lets her grieve alone for years over her one and only true love. Frankly it makes me believe that yearning suits Cyrano better than fulfillment.

    1. Me too – just about my most-hated trope in all literature and drama is where the hero (and sometimes in a conspiracy with all the other good guys) decide not to tell the heroine Stuff She Really Needs and is Entitled to Know, because it would upset her, or might frighten her, or just they have decided to make a big chivalrous thing about Keeping a Secret. But in Cyrano’s case, he isn’t even consistent in that, but Tells All as he’s dying, just to make sure she knows she’s wasted fifteen years of her life mourning the wrong man. Grrrr! I’d drop a big baulk of timber on that man’s head, too.

      But yes, Peter Dinklage as Cyrano? I’m totally up for that.

  10. I remember the Ferrer film very fondly. I’ve seen only bits of the Depardieu, but — I have also seen the Toshiro Mifune version. What most people don’t know is that Cyrano was perhaps the world’s first science-fantasist, having written A Comic History of Travels to the Empire of the Sun/ Moon.

    1. The Ferrer film has a hysterical scene with Cyrano telling his story of journeying to the moon to delay the nobleman after Roxane. That girl’s got serious suitor problems. One that won’t spit it out. One that can’t say it the way she wants to hear it. And a powerful nobleman who won’t take no for an answer.

  11. Jose Ferrer for me, because of the Hooker translation; the translation used for the Depardieu version was disappointing.

    I don’t mind adaptations, Steve Martin’s “Roxanne” was fun.

    The thought of a musical makes me nervous, but if they manage the music of the language, it might be ok… I will give it a chance. :-)

  12. I read the play in high school, but I never watched the Depardieu version because that actor annoys me. Jose Ferrer is my benchmark for Cyrano, but I have yet to see Peter Dinklage turn in a bad performance. so to me, this version looks extremely promising. Definitely waiting with bated breath to see more than the trailer.

  13. Derek Jacobi played Cyrano at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Broadway. Sinead Cusack was Roxanne. He was fantastic in it. I wonder if there is any film of it?

    1. I have happy memories of seeing this production at the Barbican, and I’m almost sure it was recorded for TV.

  14. I enjoyed the Depardieu. Never saw the Ferrer. The Martin was fun. I remember seeing one a million years ago on TV with Peter Donat as Cyrano and Marc Singer as Christian. Donat was good. Singer sucked. Ever since Peter Dinklage’s intro in The Station Agent, I watch everything and anything he is in. I would even watch him read the phone book! (Sorry, that’s an old folks joke).

    1. You saw the American Conservatory Theater version, which I was able to see live something like 3-4 times (“student rush” tickets – I was in high school in the 70s). Peter Donat was wonderful. Maybe that’s where I got in the habit of always sobbing at live theater?

  15. Anyone else here familiar with the “Wishbone” version? Wishbone always played the lead or other major character in literary reenactments. For Cyrano, a literal Jack Russell terrier was playing the part of a human with the “face of a dog.”

    1. I loved the Wishbone version! Even though it was faintly ridiculous, it was a great adaptation.

      I tapped out of the trailer when the Emotional Music started; I have been unimpressed with Joe Wright’s work to date, but at least he hasn’t cast Keira Knightley as Roxane. (Maybe she can’t sing?)

      Peter Dinklage is great in everything I’ve seen him in, and he can do both comedy (Death at a Funeral) and epic adventure (GOT) really well. And I think this will also force audiences to confront their own prejudices, in a way that a big-nosed Cyrano doesn’t so much.

      Has anyone done a Cyrano from Roxane’s POV?

  16. I saw Kevin Kline as Cyrano, on Broadway, a few years ago … Sigh.
    Except at the pivotal end scene, the teenage girl next to me had her cell light up w a text. I was pretty pissed at that.

  17. I saw the Peter Donat version at ACT as well. He was wonderful. Just before the beginning of Covid, we saw a version of Cyrano with James McAvoy that was just breathtaking. Definitely not historical, but a contemporary telling using rap battles to tell the story. It took me a while to get in, but OMG, McAvoy was just riveting. The rest of the cast was particularly good, and I’ve been looking for that version on the National Theatre Live website so I can see it again. I was very familiar with the original play and this telling took me a bit to understand what they were doing, but it was really worthwhile. https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/dec/09/cyrano-de-bergerac-review-james-mcavoy-playhouse-london-martin-crimp-rostand-nose-wooing

  18. I certainly hope they keep the ending true to the play. If they ruin it like Hollywood ruined Little Shop of Horrors by changing the ending to an up-beat let’s all get married schmaltz that the producers think viewers want then we all will be sorely disappointed and it will be once again a waste of film.

  19. The images look gorgeous. Bus as a french man, it makes me cringe to see another french classic massacred by Hollywood, after Les misérables. The actors look sooo anglo saxon to me, it is painful (as if Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert play in a Jane Austen Movie)

  20. I don’t know why on earth every major piece for the theater needs a version as a musical. However maybe it’s better to make a musical then to go in challenge with the masterpiece from 1990. Some critics in Germany are confused and write that the new movie would be in the 17th century although it’s in the 18th century instead. Maybe another trick to not compare both films. I asked myself if there were such old cadets during the 18th century or if that aspect is just “made up” to fit somehow into the original story from the 19th century work by Rostand.

  21. I really want to see this movie! I love Peter Dinklage and having Cyrano’s physical difference be his size, not his nose, seems more logical for overlooking him as a love interest. And he’s definitely a very intelligent man and plays intelligent, witty characters so well.

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