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Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

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One of the greatest love stories of all time is brought to the screen by legendary producer, Stanley Kramer, with an Academy Award winning performance by Jose Ferrer in the title role. Cyrano is admired by his men for his courage, swordsmanship and mighty wit. But in love he is hopelessly lost and unable to profess his love for Roxanne out of fear he will be rejected because of his grotesque appearance. Tragically, he is only able to win her love by penning love prose for Christian, a young soldier in his regiment whom Roxanne believes she loves. Unbeknown to Cyrano, Roxanne has fallen in love with Cyrano’s inner self, which she values more than Christian’s outward appearance. In an incredibly moving scene, as Cyrano, mortally wounded in a murder plot, recites from memory the last love letter he had composed for Christian before his death, Roxanne realizes it is Cyrano who has always moved her with his prose. -Corinth Films

Starring Jose Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince. Directed by Michael Gordon.

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