Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

February 5, 2007 § Leave a comment

The José Ferrer version from Stanley Kramer’s studios. Sure it’s entertaining — but Ferrer’s vocal range is too limited. Where’s the soft whisper that really takes his sentimental rhapsodizations to the next level ? The opening duel in verse is also off the mark: Cyrano should not have to work hard. Too much dramatic fencing. And the end ! Can someone please bring the panache back instead of an ol’ “white plume” ?

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