Cyrano de Bergerac Recap | By Natalie Seale
Based on a past one-night only film production showing of January 23, 2019.
Tulsa – Cinemark IMAX
“Seated in the wide, plush lounger, I eagerly waited for Cyrano de Bergerac to begin. When the lights dimmed, I was surprised to see the actors introduce themselves and give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the play. I watched actor Michel Vuillermoz attach the long, fake nose to his face before heading to the stage. I heard remarks from the director Denis Podalydè, who provided context and the motivation for the film production. After about fifteen minutes of background, the play began on the renowned Comédie-Française stage.
The five-act play skillfully presented the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, a man known for his enormous nose. Cyrano is a talented poet and swordsman, and he is hopelessly in love with Roxane, but she has her sights set on handsome and confident Christian. When Christian asks Cyrano to write letters to Roxane on his behalf, Cyrano enthusiastically agrees. Thus, Roxane begins to fall in love with the words of Cyrano, though she believes they come from Christian.
Comedy, romance, and tragedy come together to form this stunning and engaging film, one which far exceeded my expectations. As someone who knew the story of Cyrano de Bergerac but had never seen or read the play in its entirety, I was captivated by the exposition and details that were so carefully included. My date, who speaks no French, was also able to enjoy the film thanks to the English subtitles. The play is saturated with French culture and rich language; it certainly delights all who have a passion for French culture and the arts.”
- L’Alliance eagerly awaits news of any additional upcoming Pathe Live theatre productions, as we have received such positive feedback from this recent January experience of Cyrano’s one-night in Tulsa! ~ Un mot d’editrice, JGlenn