“Cyrano de Bergerac” holds up well and two of the reasons are that it is a good story and, secondly, that José Ferrer is outstanding as the charismatic and dashing swordsman who is also good with words. He plays the strong-willed poet brilliantly and, in fact, won an Oscar for this role.
The story features the long-nosed and romantic Cyrano de Bergerac helping write poetic letters to Roxane (Mala Powers) on behalf of a man named Christian (William Prince). The handsome Christian becomes tongue tied when he tries to wax poetic. There is one problem, however. Cyrano loves Roxane himself and has never let it be known because he is conscious of his nose and has endured many taunts and jokes over the years.
The movie features a lot of witty comments by Cyrano, sword fights, and a battle between the Spanish and French. One humorous moment features Cyrano saying that his nose always precedes him by a quarter of an hour! The movie focuses on helping others, sacrificing one’s self for love, and the truth that what lies beneath a person’s face is the most important thing. We are more than pleased to award “Cyrano de Bergerac” our Dove “Family-Approved’ Seal for ages 12+. It will engage you!