Cinema: Return of The Swashbuckler

CYRANO DE BERGERAC Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Screenplay by Jean-Paul Rappeneau and Jean-Claude Carriere

Alas, poor Cyrano. For decades he has been little more than a rumor of antique flourishes, known to the mass American audience mainly as the source of Steve Martin's genial little comedy Roxanne. Swordsman and poet, idealist and unrequited lover, born rebel as well as natural nobleman, the hero of Edmond Rostand's great romantic play is not, face it, a figure calculated to inspire a nonromantic age. One does not suppose, for example, that he figures very largely in George Bush's inner life. Or, for that matter,...

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