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Beyond What is SeenCyrano de Bergerac, a genuine love story
Park Hey-ine  |  etoile@yonsei.ac.kr
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HAVE YOU ever fallen in love without having the courage to confess it to the one you love? Is it because you were not confident enough about your appearance and were afraid of being rejected? Some might console you by saying, “Your personality, and your mind are more important than your looks.” Yet in today’s society, physical appearance is the most important thing, and no exception is made for love. But don’t be depressed - you are not alone. Cyrano de Bergerac is a movie about a man who stays true to his beautiful soul and to his love despite having an inferiority complex about his looks. 

Cyrano reborn through the movie
   Cyrano de Bergerac is a French movie released in 1990 and directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. The movie transports the audience to the shimmering period of the musketeers in the mid 17th century. One is quickly immersed into the story of a witty Parisian poet and duelist named Cyrano de Bergerac, whose grotesquely large nose keeps him from declaring his feelings to Roxane, whom he is passionately in love with. To make things worse, he hears that the woman he loves, Roxane, has a crush on a handsome man named Christian, who feels the same way toward her. Cyrano then helps him woo Roxane by writing love letters for him to give her. She falls at once for both the poetic charm of the letters written by Cyrano and for Christian’s gorgeous appearance, believing that both belong to the same person. Yet Christian eventually realizes that Roxanne loves him for something beyond his appearance, the beautiful soul revealed through the letters and that Cyrano is in love with Roxane. But before he could tell her the truth, he dies in a battle, and in grief, Roxane enters a convent. The story ends with Roxane observing Cyrano recite by heart the letter she had once received from Christian. Thus she realizes that Cyrano was indeed the one who wrote the letters, the one she truly loved.
    The movie won 11 Cesar Awards, the national film award of France, including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Director. It was based on a verse drama entitled, Cyrano de Bergerac: Heroic Comedy in Five Acts, written by the French author, Edmond Rostand, in 1897. The play, inspired by a historic figure, addresses themes such as chivalry, bravery, and romantic love. The movie portrays all these themes perfectly. Even though “The real challenge of making the play into a movie was that the characters talk in verses,” as Rappeneau claims,  the movie has successfully preserved the poetic atmosphere of the play by leaving the verses as written.

   
 
   
 
Different colors of love
    Love is one of the major themes tackled in the movie. The three main characters form a paradigmatic love triangle. Yet although they are bound by love, they do not all understand love the same way. Cyrano dreams of a platonic love, which he expresses through beautiful metaphors, loving Roxane from a distance and trying to keep her happy through indirect means. Even during the war, he delivers letters to her in Christian’s name, risking his life. Roxane also places great value on expressing love with words. Although she falls in love for Christian at first sight, she demands poetry whenever they meet. Once, she even leaves Christian after being disappointed for his inability to “talk.” However, Christian is not a born poet, nor does he understand the need to express his feelings verbally. He yearns for physical love. As Alexander Ganse (Teacher, World History, Korean Minjok Leadership Academy) explains, “Christian symbolizes the typical male-dominated society where women are always expected to act subservient to men, even when it comes to love.”
    Through the various kinds of love drawn in the movie, the audiences can reflect upon the meaning of love. The devoted Cyrano was constantly giving and never expected anything in return for his love. “As a true knight, his purpose was not to love in the meaning of possessing Roxane, but rather to make her happy even though he might not be the source of her happiness and has to suffer because of it,” comments Ganse. The movie makes the audience realize that love is not only about receiving, but above all, about giving.

Story with an eternal message
    People often feel a lack of self-esteem in the presence of their beloved. When Roxane asks Cyrano to meet her, he gets excited. Yet despite his talent for dueling and poetry, when he sees his hideous nose reflected in a mirror, he loses his courage and decides to leave a letter instead of meeting her. Christian, in contrast, is physically attractive but lacks the ability to play with words. He, too, feels small when Roxane is not pleased at his poor expressions. The two characters convey the message that nobody is perfect, that everyone has both strengths and weaknesses.
The story also contains a critique of an appearance-oriented society that is as valid today as it was in Rostand’s time. Cyrano is a victim of society’s adoration of physical appearance. Without trying, Cyrano determines his destiny by drawing an invisible boundary between Roxanne and himself and blocking chance of a relationship with her. We can sympathize with him because we all have experienced being discrimination due to appearance, whether directly or indirectly, at some time in our life. Even so the movie implies that inner beauty will win out over outer features. In the beginning, Roxane falls in love with handsome Christian but later on, she claims that she does not care about physical beauty anymore, but only about the soul.
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We use the expression “to love like a fire”to describe passionate love. But does it really describe an ideal love? Fire blazes fiercely but also dies out fast. Cyrano’s love was neither red nor strong as fire, but pure and white as snow. Nowadays many people start dating quickly, and break up equally fast and it is becoming difficult to find true love. But perhaps this movie will allow us to reflect upon the significance of love. Falling in love just for appearance does not last long, since what you see is not everything. True beauty, as well as true love, lies within the soul.

To understand this movie better, Alexander Ganse (Teacher, World History, Korean Minjok Leadership Academy) recommends you to watch:
1. El Cid Campeador (Anthony Mann, 1961) - A story epitomizing the values of chivalry
2. Don Quixote (Peter Yates, 2000) - A parody making fun of the values of chivalry

-Book on Cyrano's spirit and love:
The Lost Sonnets of Cyrano de Bergerac by James Carcioppolo
 
Title: Cyrano de Bergerac
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Runtime: 137 min.

*Video with Korean subtitle available at Yonsei-Samsung Library, at the Multimedia Center.
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