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Cinematic Time Machine: Cyrano de Bergerac

Sunday 23rd & Thursday 27th February

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez

Rating: U

France 1990, 137mins

Cyrano (Gerard Depardieu), a swashbuckling hero with a gift for verse - and a prominent proboscis - is madly in love with the most beautiful woman in Paris. Deterred though by his feelings of physical inadequacy, he instead uses his poetic skills to support another hapless suitor. But will the object of their affection realise who she’s really falling for?

Humorous and touching in equal measure, Cyrano de Bergerac is a spectacular and vibrant adaptation of Edmond Rostand's classic novel. Depardieu has never been better than as the swaggering scribe, his performance enriched by the vigorous direction of Jean-Paul Rappeneau and lavish period design.

One of the most popular foreign language films ever released in UK, this colourful and vibrant period drama won 4 BAFTAS on its original release in 1990.