Cyrano de Bergerac (1925 film)

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Cyrano de Bergerac
Pierre Magnier as Cyrano de Bergerac
Directed by Augusto Genina
Written by Mario Camerini
Brian Hooker
Based on Cyrano de Bergerac
1897 play

by Edmond Rostand
Produced byAugusto Genina
Starring Pierre Magnier
CinematographyOttavio De Matteis
Distributed by Unione Cinematografica Italiana
Release date
  • 1925 (1925)
[ citation needed ]
Running time
104 minutes
CountriesFrance and Italy

Cyrano de Bergerac is a Franco-Italian silent romantic drama film directed by Augusto Genina in 1922 based on the 1897 play of the same name by Edmond Rostand. Genina began filming in 1922, at age 30, with the help of his cousin Mario Camerini, but its release was delayed by the colorization of the film. [1] [2]



As described in a film magazine reviews, [3] Cyrano , a Frenchman celebrated as a hero, poet, and soldier, wins fear and respect because of his swordsmanship. Because of his sensitiveness of his huge nose, he keeps himself from society. He believes he is outcast from romance. When he falls in love with a young woman, Roxanne, he courts her by proxy. At last she realizes Cyrano's feelings for her. Before she has an opportunity to talk to him, he dies a death of glory.



Nearly the entire film was colored using the Pathé Stencil Color process, which took three years to complete, delaying the film's release until 1925. This involved cutting stencils for each frame of the film, one for each of up to four colors. This was done in Paris by Mme. Marie-Berthe Thuillier, the most famous stencil-color artist, by projecting each frame onto a ground glass screen, and tracing with a Pantograph. These stencils were then used to apply colors to black-and-white prints in a process similar to silk-screening. Each shot was processed separately, so different color palettes could be used for each shot. [4]

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