Trailer Tuesday: Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

In my Senior year of High-School I found myself finally getting to become a library aid, but on the first day I was informed there was a small problem, they had agreed to one too many student requests to become an aid and I would have to become a resident of study hall. I was also informed though that I might be able to stay on if I could help the librarians with a problem they had in their storage room, where they kept all the VHS players & tapes, film projectors, audio tapes and so forth. The problem was that no one had tried to keep anything in order for years.

The librarians were shocked when a day and a half later I had completely reorganized the entire three rooms, to be quite honest a lot of it was just clutter. As a reward I did get to stay on as an aid, though I was in charge of the back rooms instead of the books. So not only did I get a ton of leisure reading done that year but I was also allowed to watch the VHS tapes as well as use the projectors during those two hours a day. Glorious times to be sure.

One of the first VHS tapes I watched immediately became one of my favorite films of all time, and caused me to strike out and find out more about the real life Cyrano as well (We share the same birth date!). Michael Gordon directed Cyrano de Bergerac with Jose Ferrer starring in the title role, he had played the role on Broadway in 1946, and Mala Powers as Roxanne, his object of secret affection.

The acting in this film is just outstanding and if you’ve not had the opportunity to watch it, I implore you to do so immediately! A quick check shows that it is available on Netflix instant, so what are you waiting for? If you pass it up you might miss scenes like this…


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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