Cyrano De Bergerac (November 16, 1950)
Released on November 16, 1950: Jose Ferrer won the Best Actor Oscar for this performance, beating William Holden in Sunset Boulevard, and Jimmy Stewart in Harvey, and Spencer Tracey in Father of the Bride!
Produced by Stanley Kramer
Directed by Michael Gordon
Written by Edmond Rostrand and Brian Hooker
The Actors: Jose Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac), Mala Powers (Roxane), William Prince (Christian de Neuvillette), Morris Carnovsky (Le Bret), Ralph Clanton (Antoine Comte de Guiche), Lloyd Corrigan (Ragueneau the pastry cook), Virginia Farmer (Duenna), Edgar Barrier (Cardinal Richelieu, Antoine's Uncle), Elena Verdugo (the orange girl), Albert Cavens (Vicomte de Valvert), Arthur Blake (Monfleury), Don Beddoe (The Meddler), Percy Helton (Bellerose), Virginia Christine (Sister Marthe), Gil Warren (the doctor), Philip Van Zandt (man with the Gazette), Eric Sinclair (guardsman), Richard Avonde (Marquis), Paul Dubov (cadet), John Crawford (cadet), Jerry Paris (cadet), Robin Hughes (cadet), Francis Pierlot (Capuchin Monk), Bobbie Hale (cavalier), John Harmon (lackey), Jim Mason (cavalier), Jack Perry (cavalier)
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My Magnificent Nose? . . . Heaven Help the Man Who Smiles . . .
Do you have the perfect and handsome body of a model? Are you simply gorgeous to behold? . . . Yeah, I am not the most beautiful to behold either. When I was a youngster I noticed an advertisement on the back pages of a Superman comic book. The advertisement was for some sort of product that would flatten the ears of a person with large flapping ears.
I looked in a mirror and was suddenly convinced that my ears stuck out like an elephant. For several years I spent hours in school resting my ear flat against the palm of a hand braced on my school desk while listening to the teacher, in hopes of teaching my ear to cling to my head. I would try to fall asleep with my head planted on one side or the other with my ear flattened by the pillow. I don’t remember when I lost my passion for flat ears, but it eventually passed.
Learning that beauty is more than skin deep is a lesson that many of us never learn. Cyrano de Bergerac was born in France in March of 1619 and died on July 28, 1655, and he reportedly had a nose that did not endear him to the ladies.
Edmond Rostrand wrote a story about Cyrano that included fact with a bit of literary freedom to create a romantic adventure that is as fresh today as it was then. In this adventure Cyrano is in love. He is fearless and can slay a dozen men in an evening, but when he thinks about the beautiful Roxane, one of his distant cousins that he grew up with, his powerful spirit crumbles. He has none of the great bravery makes all men fear his anger. The beautiful blonde that he desires more than anything in the world could surely not love him as much as he loves her, could she?
It turns out that beautiful Roxane is in love with a young, handsome soldier instead of Cyrano, and Cyrano is privately crushed. Adding fuel to the fires of his destroyed love for Roxane, he meets the man that Roxane loves, and discovers that the man is too timid to court Roxane. Cyrano has not only lost his chance at love with the one woman who grips his heart, but he must now teach the young soldier how to court the woman that he will never have. Worse yet, the nephew of the Cardinal, a wicked man who wants to destroy Cyrano, will try to force himself on the lovely Roxane, and then attempt to kill Cyrano.
The lady that Cyrano loves and worships does not love him, and he must teach the handsome man that she does love how to successfully court her. Cyrano loves her so much that he will help another man win her hand. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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