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Cyrano de Bergerac (PG)
Sat 15 February @ 8:00 pm£7 – £10
Cyrano de Bergerac (PG) – 1990, France, 137 mins, subtitles
Director: Jean-Paul Rappaneau
Gerard Depardieu stars as the swashbuckling hero with a gift for verse in this classic re-release. A dashing officer of the guard and romantic poet, Cyrano de Bergerac is in love with his cousin Roxane without her knowing. His one curse in his life, he feels, is his large nose and although it may have been a forming influence in his rapier-sharp wit, he believes that Roxane will reject him. He resorts to writing letters to her on behalf of one of his cadets, Christian, who is also in love with Roxane but just doesn’t know how to tell her. She falls for the poetic charm of the letters but believes that they were written by Christian.
“Only the French could conceive and write, and perhaps only Depardieu could deliver, a speech that rises and falls with pathos and defiance for so long, only to end with the assertion that when he is gone, he will be remembered for . . . what? His heart? Courage? No, of course not. Nothing half so commonplace: For his panache.
Cyrano de Bergerac is a splendid movie not just because it tells its romantic story, and makes it visually delightful, and centers it on Depardieu, but for a better reason: The movie acts as if it believes this story. Depardieu is not a satirist – not here, anyway. He plays Cyrano on the level, for keeps.”
– Roger Ebert
Doors open with all manner of drinks at 7pm. Film starts at 8pm.