In partnership with Alliance Française Oxford
(French with English subtitles)
December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already has two children and a lot of anxieties. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. There is, however, a problem – it is not written yet. Ignoring the whims of actresses, the demands of his Corsican producers, the jealousy of his wife, the stories of his best friend’s heart and the lack of enthusiasm of all those around him, Edmond starts writing this piece which nobody believes. For now, he has only the title: "Cyrano de Bergerac".
This fast moving film has high and lowbrow culture, behind-the-scenes comedy, drama and romance. It has just the right mixture of fun, art and heart to make it a crowd pleaser with wide appeal.
The screening includes an exclusive recorded interview with Alexis Michalik, the director and is followed by a Q&A with Dr Macs Smith, Hamilton Junior Research Fellow in French.