Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
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Everything is great about this film, the cast, the costumes, the music, the cinematography. I used to watch this over and over as a kid and I still don't get tired of watching it.
This is a "chick flick" with "guy stuff." It has poetry, romance from afar, some really good period battle sequences, and ultimately "Panache." One of the best truly romantic moments as its climax.
While I'm not as crazy about it as some others, there is simply no comparison between this and the newer Peter Dinklage version. The poetic language, the lavishness, the performances-- it's just ridiculously superior. The best example of how this movie does it better is how it treats the ostensible "villain". Joe Wright and co. make him a mustache-twirling grotesque while this version allows him to have dignity and depth. I'm not a Hollywood detractor, but time and time again they underestimate their audience. This doesn't.
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This movie ranks #13 in TIFF - People's Choice Award
This movie ranks #17 in César Award - Best French Film
This movie ranks #43 in The Times's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #47 in Empire's The 100 Best Films of World Cinema
This movie ranks #93 in Time Out's The 100 Best Romantic Films
This movie ranks #143 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #180 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees
This movie ranks #211 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #530 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown