José Ferrer won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portayal of the swordsman-poet using his silver tongue to woo the woman he loves for another man. Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. Although there was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, the play is a fictionalization of his life that follows the broad outlines of it. The entire play is written in verse, in rhyming couplets of twelve syllables per line, very close to the Alexandrine format, but the verses sometimes lack a caesura. It is also meticulously researched, down to the names of the members of the Académie française and the dames précieuses glimpsed before the performance in the first scene. The play has been translated and performed many times, and is responsible for introducing the word "panache" into the English language.
Roland P (nl) wrote: Pretty poor movie. Sort of bad.
Jack D (us) wrote: really tells you how it is living as a young pakistani in uk and the lies we have to do
Gwenn M (de) wrote: never talked about how or what to the mirror that made it warped
Kate M (ca) wrote: I missed the first couple of minutes of this film, and considering that's when the BIG EVENT happens I missed the lead up to it so was a little bit confused about the circumstances. I'm not sure that extra insight would have helped actually, because the film itself is quite confusing and it's hard to tell what is actually happening, what is a flashback, what is a fantasy and what is a dream. The director has really mastered the ability to trick the audience, and thus she puts the main character (Marieke) through the ringer and then some.Recovering from the nasty events at the beginning of the film, Marieke moves to a dilapidated farm-house in the Dutch countryside to try and get over her trauma. The bleak loneliness of her surroundings (very akin to the Yorky Moors I thought) and the recurring memories of the events send her into a disturbing pattern of behaviour, showcasing almost a split personality at times - she is friendly to her neighbour, she yells at him to leave her alone, she welcomes his offer to mend her drain, she then hides from him when he knocks at the door (poor bloke must have thought she was barmy!). Meanwhile she tries to find solace in chat rooms on the internet, and strikes up a 'friendship' with one user who preys upon her weak state of mind and tells her to take revenge on her attacker. Marieke is already having fantasies about locking up and torturing her assailant, and this only feeds the fuel of her desire - but to make it a reality. Simultaneous to this, 'happy' Marieke becomes friendlier with her neighbour and sleeps with him one night, resulting in a pregnancy.I was confused by events towards the end of the film, as it seems to rely heavily on flashback and plans to meet up with the chat-room user to plan out and take revenge on her attacker. I'm not sure whether this actually took place or whether it was all happening in her head - I started to question the time line of the whole film and it all got a bit crazy! It didn't make me want to throw up my hands in despair however, and storm out of the cinema. It's intelligent storytelling rather than messy, and it has all the makings of one of those films you need to watch several times before you begin to appreciate the real depth and complexity of the plot.The central performance of Marieke is a raw and unyielding spectacle for any hard-nosed viewer. The actress who plays her is throughly amazing at being able to convey all the emotions, all the stages that a victim of an attack goes through with such force and authenticity. Give this girl an Oscar! And what else was brilliant was the inventive and original film making, particularly use of sound and background audio - it was extremely effective at creating suspense in a scene, or helping us understand the turmoil raging inside Marieke's head - it was especially good during the court room scene where the situation presses in on her and she just has to get out for some air. And the theme of water throughout the film was expertly used as well - the film ends with an almost identical scene to one at the beginning, but this time with a very different connotation. It was really well done.A taut and complex Dutch thriller from a really exciting director, boasting a stunning performance from its lead actress. Hopefully lots more people will get to see it and admire what it exudes. Another call from me for wider distribution, please! Oh, and more reviews online so I can find out exactly what was going on nearer the end!
Hillary D (ru) wrote: This movie was gruesome & it was so tragic how the story unfolded.
Leah T (us) wrote: A must watch. Very informative. Took off a half star only because of a bit of cheesy production.
Private U (br) wrote: I love that this outrageously outrageous film exists.
Octavio M (jp) wrote: One of the most misunderstood B-movies of the 70s.
Rangan R (br) wrote: An impact of the loss of a close one.If you think it is some B movie, which is overrated, I would say your assumption is totally wrong. I did not know anything about this film either, I thought it was a Christian Bale movie, that's who I saw in the poster, but later I came to know it was a different guy. My thought on this changed after watching it, it is really a beautiful drama-music. One of the best films of the 2014 that I would have missed it if I had listened to the lies of the critics. So be careful while choosing such movies, because critics are not always right.I believe you all had seen enough films based on the school shootings like 'Elephant'. This is a similar kind, except there's no violence in it, I mean the shootout was not shown, but a drama about its consequences, especially in the perspective of the parents. This tale focused on a father whose son had been killed in a such unfortunate event. How it affects his life was narrated wonderfully with some awesome music tracks. A father's mourning and his uncertain future to the self-discovery.This is Willian H. Macy's directional debut film and he pulled it off quite superbly. Sadly, nobody talks about it in the line of other great films of the year, because it deserves an equal respect and praise. I am not the only one, there are others too who liked it a lot. A simple story and the perfect character exhibitions with the pleasing musics, all these worked in its favour. Supporting roles are enough, Billy Crudup should do more lead roles. After seeing his impressive performance in this I am confident that he can find his own place in the industry. And so Willian H. Macy, I'm looking forward for his future projects."There are 14 people in the audience and 10 of them are performers."It was not inspired by the real story, except the school shootings, but the film incredibly told what happens after such incidents. The best part was balancing the emotions in the storytelling. After watching it in the first 10 minutes, I expected, in fact anybody expects it to be a tearjerker film, but it was not, even though I loved watching the rest of the film. And the twist was very casual which was not meant for the story or the characters, but for the viewers that related to the school shooting that we never saw. So there is a less possibility for us to expect it coming, but it also that brings a better conclusion to the heartwarming tale.It was like someone's real life, yet not easy to predict the scenes. Cinematically it accomplished its quest to be a good film. Selena Gomez was in a guest role, but for a star like her it was unnecessary to play a small part, especially in a serious theme like this. Because unexpected anticipation grows in us and in the end that might lead to a disappointment, especially for her fans. That is not for her alone, but any other big stars, because it is not a comedy or a superhero film when they appear on the screen, the audience to go crazy. A character with the dialogues means something big, but anyway, she was bad at all.It wasn't as good performance as Anton Yelchin's previous film '5 to 7' that I saw early this year, but yeah definitely a decent supporting character along with Laurence Fishburne's. Don't mistake it, it was not a powerful drama about grieving alone, but in its small specific expanse it reached what it wanted to tell the audience so perfectly. So, there are some fun parts as well in it in a small quantity. But overall, a film that fulfills its promise. By now you might know that I strongly recommend it, especially if anyone who had ever lost their loved ones, they will feel it in their heart more than others do.9/10
TheRookieWriter M (ru) wrote: I love you, Robin Williams. But even you couldn't make this movie good.
Anthony R (au) wrote: A stinker. I believe this film has the most boring gun-fights I've ever seen, some of the laziest plot devices, and really nothing to care about. It's not a bad werewolf film, it's just a bad film full-stop.
CB M (ag) wrote: Gross, awkward and embarrassing; everything expected for a fitting send off for the lads.
John A (nl) wrote: Classic Disney, About The Psychic Power Of Two Young Orphans. Their Clairvoyance Prompts Evil Millionaire Aristotle Bolt (Ray Milland) To Lure Them To His Mansion To Exploit Their Powers. While Escaping, They Meet A Friendly Camper (Eddie Albert) & Begin To Unravel The Mystery Of Their Origin. Soon, All Three Are Fleeing From Bolt, The Police & Townspeople Who Believe The Children Are Witches
Scott H (es) wrote: Carol benefits from the strength of its two leads, but with its one sided direction and lack of emotion, it feels like your prancing around the subject matter instead of diving into it