- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Hand Tinted
- Released: September 26, 2000
- Originally Released: 1925
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
This silent French version of Edmond Rostand's passionate story of unrequited love is presented in "Pathecolor," a process of tinting, hand-painting and stenciling that gives the film a unique, impressionistic beauty.
Description by Image Entertainment:
The most beloved of all love stories! Edmond Rostand's play "Cyrano de Bergerac" was a triumph from the moment of its premiere on December 28, 1897. It has become the most popular play of the modern French theater, and Cyrano, despite an ugly visage dominated by an enormous nose, has become a world-beloved symbol of generosity, magnanimity of spirit and beauty of soul. In adapting "Cyrano de Bergerac" to the silent cinema, director Augusto Genina and scenarist Mario Camerini retained the beloved poetic language of Rostand's original work. The grandeur of costume, setting and action is captured not only in impressive staging and sensitive performances but also through the filmmakers' bold decision to present almost the entire work in the highly stylized and beautiful Pathe Stencil Color process. Three years were devoted to the by-hand coloring of "Cyrano de Bergerac," so that this 1922 film was not fully released until the Fall of 1925! With this beautiful release, this rarely-seen silent classic can take its place with the all-time greats!
This silent version of Edmond Rostand's classic play "Cyrano de Bergerac" was the first cinematic adaptation of the tale.
The eloquent, deeply poetic Cyrano de Bergerac adores his lovely cousin Roxanne, but fears that his ugliness will prevent her from ever returning his feelings. So he uses the handsome but inarticulate Christian as a conduit for his emotions, pouring his heart out in letters signed with Christian's name. Wooed by the beauty of the words, Roxanne falls in love with the man she believes wrote the missives -- never realizing that is Cyrano whose voice has aroused her passion.
Period Piece |
Stage Play |
- Shot in Pathécolor, a forgotten art in which each frame of the film was colored through a variety of techniques, including:
tinting, toning, hand-painting and stenciling.
- Produced by the Unione Cinematographica Italia.
- The video was digitally remastered from an archive print and features an orchestral score by Carlo Moser, copyright 1996.
- Intertitles are in English and French.