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Roxanne (1987) & Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous


Le grand amour is served up with a sizzle as TVOntario's Saturday Night at the Movies presents a double bill on the Cyrano de Bergerac story. Edmond Rostand's original stage play is adapted for the screen in an entirely serviceable 1950 version with José Ferrer. Steve Martin adapts the adaptation with his own style and wit with debatable results in the modern update of "Roxanne".

Read the full review from the archives.



Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 at 12:06PM by Registered CommenterCatherine Savard | Comments1 Comment

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Hi Catherine:

Thanks for the great blog post on Cyrano de Bergerac. I am a fan of the original text, and the three movies you mentioned. One thing stands out for the Steve Martin adaptation... I loved the poetry he uses, especially during the balcony scene. "I love you. I have breathed you in and I am suffocating." I am searching for Martin's source on the poetry. I wonder if it is Oscar Wilde? What do you think?

April 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Cohen

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