terça-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2023

Laurel & Hardy - Their Lives And Magic - Documentary - 2011

The international documentary is presenting - besides a lot of funny clips from the best Laurel and Hardy movies

Director & Writer Andreas Baum

Stars

Stan Laurel(archive footage) Oliver Hardy(archive footage), Chuck McCann.

After leaving Hal Roach in 1940 Stan and Ollie performed in a special benefit for the Red Cross in a sketch written by Stan. They then did a 4 month tour covering 12 cities starting on the 27th September in Omaha and ending in Buffalo in mid December. The show called The Laurel and Hardy Revue with The Driving Licence Sketch as the finale. In Buffalo they were given the key to the city. In 1941 they did a show at Camp Roberts, California, appearing with Red Skelton, Jane Withers, Joan Leslie, Chico Marx and Larry Adler. The show was a great success for the Boys showing that they were still a great comedy team. Following the success for the Boys showing that they were still a great comedy team. Following the film Great Guns they joined the Flying Show Boat - a revue that toured US military bases in the Carribean for 2 weeks with John Garfield, Ray Bolger and Chico Marx with L&H doing the Driving Licence Sketch again ,In 42 after filming A Haunting We Will Go they joined The Hollywood Victory Caravan on a cross country fund raising tour with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, James Cagney, Groucho Marx, Cary Grant and many others. The tour called Hell a Balloo began in Washington DC at the end of March 1947

No subtitles. Just a mention of the names of speakers.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/n2OACdjQgQQ

Copyright owner is blocking in Spain

segunda-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2023

Stone Years (Petrina hronia), by Pantelis Voulgaris, 1985

Be prepared. It is a dark Greek movie, at least cinematography speaking, but it is well rated on IMDb and got several awards.

It is 1954, Thessaly, Greece. In the wake of the destructive Greek Civil War, 18-year-old Eleni and 22-year-old Babis face trying times. Against the backdrop of illicit political activity, persecution, arrests, and incarceration, the star-crossed lovers are always short of time, struggling to make the most of their brief clandestine meetings. After a long decade, the estranged couple reunites during the Greek junta, only to discover that fate has other plans in store for them. 

Director & Writer

Pantelis Voulgaris

Stars

Themis Bazaka, Dimitris Katalifos, Maria Martika, Eirini Inglesi.


Subs: English & Portuguese.

YouTube link:  https://youtu.be/48dc_Vr7Ef8


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Welcome To The Dollhouse , by Todd Solondz (1995)

An awkward seventh-grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish class-mates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.


Director & Writer

Todd Solondz


Stars

Heather Matarazzo,Christina Brucato, Victoria Davis.


Subs: English & Portuguese

YouTube Link:  https://youtu.be/bGkzN71McK4

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domingo, 26 de fevereiro de 2023

La Commune (Paris1871) - PART 1 & 2 , by Peter Watkins - 2000

A war drama film mix between documentary and reportage and fiction which turned over common sense, a unique where people in the 19th century was interviewed and covered on television, many of them are working class but the bourgeoisie had not escaped from camera's observation, each recorded their speech and gestures even the revolt that led to extreme and radical and heartbreaking for the working class. One of the most important French film at 21st century.

In December 2002 Peter Watkins started the editing of an abridged theatrical version. In a prologue he expresses his views on discovering that the production company, 13 Production, has financial links with the Lagardère Group (which sells Military Weapons through Matra), then he warns the audience about how much of the sequence shots and live debates from the original full-length movie have been lost in the process of reducing the running time by more than 2 hours to 3 hrs 1/2.


Director

Peter Watkins

Writers

Agathe Bluysen, Peter Watkins


Stars: Eliane Annie Adalto, Pierre Barbieux, Bernard Bombeau.


Subtitles in English


YouTube link for Part 1: https://youtu.be/fXfFwnGb6oE

YouTube link for Part 2: https://youtu.be/wo2ZbU6mb8U

sábado, 25 de fevereiro de 2023

On the Silver Globe (Na srebrnym globie), 1988

A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization. They do not realize that within themselves they carry the end of their own dream. They eventually die one by one, while their children revert to a primitive native culture, creating new myths and a new god. Some time later, a space bureaucrat, running from a broken heart, arrives and finds the colonizer's descendants enslaved by bird-monsters called Cherns. Society is divided into numerous classes, and everyone is waiting for the arrival of a messiah. The newcomer is considered a suitable candidate, and for some time he lives as a god.

Director

Andrzej Zulawski

Writers

Andrzej Zulawski, Jerzy Zulawski (books)

Stars

Andrzej Seweryn, Jerzy Trela, Grazyna Dylag


A Polish film

Andrzej Zulawski began filming after the success of The Most Important Thing: Love (1975), completing around three-quarters of film before the Polish ministry of culture halted production in 1978. After the democratization of Poland in 1986 Zulawski completed the film. Because production was interrupted from 1978 until 1986, the final film was released in an "amputated" form, with voice-over narration covering missing scenes.

The film is based on a novel of the same name written around 1900 by Andrej Zulawski's granduncle Jerzy Zulawski. The novel is part of a trilogy known as The Lunar Trilogy.

Subs: English & Portuguese

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/mVMYqvEZDE0

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sexta-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2023

Henry VIII - a TV mini-series - PART 1 & 2 (2003)

Two part mini-series documenting the stormy thirty-eight-year reign of King Henry VIII. 

Made for TV.


Director

Pete Travis

Writer

Peter Morgan (The Crown)

Stars

Ray Winstone, Joss Ackland, Sid Mitchell, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, David Suchet, Helena Bonham Carter, Sean Bean, Emily Blunt.

Derek Jacobi is the narrator.

Marsha Fitzalan (Duchess of Norfolk) is, in real-life, the daughter of the 17th Duke and Duchess of Norfolk.

Helena Bonham Carter was pregnant with her first child at the time of filming.

This is the second time that Helena Bonham Carter has played a Queen of England. The first time was as Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane (1986). Lady Jane was the Queen after Henry VIII's son Edward VI by his third wife Jane Seymour, and before Henry VIII's daughter Mary I by his first wife Catherine of Aragon. She has also played Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech (2010). Elizabeth was Queen Consort to King George VI and mother to Queen Elizabeth II.

Andrew Garfield played the role of a servant in the court. He had one line and is uncredited.

Subs: English & Portuguese


YouTube link: https://youtu.be/KQb1QxyTC5o  - PART 1

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/YfhFzRYXr1c - PART 2


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terça-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2023

The Bohemian Life (La vie de bohème) - 1992

Three penniless artists become friends in modern-day Paris: Rodolfo, an Albanian painter with no visa, Marcel, a playwright and magazine editor with no publisher, and Schaunard, a post-modernist composer of execrable noise


Director

Aki Kaurismäki

Writers

Henri Murger (based on the novel by: "Scènes de la vie de bohème"), Aki Kaurismäki

Stars

Matti Pellonpää, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms, Jean-Pierre Lèaud


Cameos: Louis Malle and Samuel Fuller.

Neither Matti Pellonpää or Kari Väänänen could speak any French in real life. The script contained instructions how to pronounce the lines. The phonetically written lines were regularly taped on the forehead of the actor opposite of Matti Pellonpää where he could read them.

The filming on the Paris Central Train Station would have cost so much that avoiding to spend too much money, director Aki Kaurismäki decided to create an illusion of the train station: he reflected a shadow of a train wagon against garage doors.

Aki Kaurismäki spend years trying to write an adaptation of Henri Murger's novel with Helsinki in mind as a shooting-location. But finally he came to a conclusion that Paris is the only place where the film could be made.

There is a continual audio-visual mismatch in the movie.


Subs: English & Spanish


Link: https://youtu.be/DaOFdJu2kCQ


Copyright owner is blocking in these territories:  France, Italy, San Marino, Vatican City

domingo, 19 de fevereiro de 2023

What's Eating Gilbert Grape, by Lasse Hallström (1993)

A young man in a small Midwestern town struggles to care for his mentally-disabled younger brother and morbidly obese mother while attempting to pursue his own happiness.

Director

Lasse Hallström

Writer

Peter Hedges(novel "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?")

Stars

Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, John C. Reilly

Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for the Academy for Best Supporting Actor.

Martin Scorsese first became aware of Leonardo DiCaprio after seeing him in this film one night when watching TV. He had also been told about him by his friend and frequent collaborator Robert DeNiro, who worked with DiCaprio on This Boy's Life (1993). Scorsese and DiCaprio would later go on to work together on five films, starting with Gangs Of New York (2002).

The movie that the family watches on television is Quando a Mulher Erra (1953) starring Montgomery Clift and Jennifer Jones, and directed by Vittorio De Sica.


Subs: English & Portuguese


Movie Link: https://youtu.be/rDlRUU4E6hE


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Strange Voyage (El extraño viaje) - 1964

Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears her sister tell somebody about her intention to sell all the family wealth. Once the money is gathered, she wishes to travel to Paris with the mysterious person and get rid of her brother and sister.


Director

Fernando Fernán Gómez

Stars

Carlos Larrañaga,Tota Alba, Lina Canalejas

Voted seventh best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary.


Subtitles: English & Spanish


MOVIE LINK:  https://youtu.be/r_J42EdL-90


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sábado, 18 de fevereiro de 2023

Judex, by Georges Franju (1963)

Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight toast at his masked ball. However, he is only drugged by Judex and locked away. Judex spares his life when the banker's widowed daughter, Jacqueline, rejects the inheritance. Meanwhile Diana Monti, the former governess, kidnaps Jacqueline to try to get the banker's money. But Judex is hot on her trail.

Director

Georges Franju

Stars

Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob, Sylva Koscina

Music by Maurice Jarre

Subs: English, Spanish and Portuguese

LINK: https://youtu.be/n8wzBxItz_A

No Copyright issues according to Youtube

The South (Sur), by Fernando E. Solanas (1988)

The movie starts while Floreal, the main protagonist, was being released from the prison when the military coup ended in 1983. He is estranged to his former life because of his last few years in prison and especially discovering his wife has cheated on him soured their relation. He is not sure if he wants to go back to his old life and family. Wandering through the night his old friend "El-Negro" appears in the dark. He announces that he was assassinated during the military coup and he is a dead man now. But he has a special mission this night and he is back for this special occasion: To help Floreal catch up fast and face with his life and his time in prison. 


Director & Writer Fernando E. Solanas


Stars: Susú Pecoraro, Miguel Ángel Solá, Philippe Léotard.


Music by Astor Piazzola and Fernando Solanas.


Subtitles: English

This film's dedicated to great Kurdish filmmaker Yilmaz Güney. Besides Güney means "south" in Turkish.


LINK: https://youtu.be/sTirQz_isaw

sexta-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2023

N Took the Dice (N. a pris les dés...), by Alain Robbe-Grillet (1971)

Long before there was any notion of "remix culture," famed French writer Alain Robbe-Grillet created this radical re-imagining of his own feature EDEN AND AFTER (which no doubt to most viewers had already been quite radical enough). In the 1970 original, perverse games amongst student types at a Mondrian-inspired cafe are kicked up a notch when a mysterious older stranger (Pierre Zimmer) appears to offer a hallucinatory "fear powder." A young woman (Catherine Jourdan) who ingests it finds herself trapped in a bizarre world of sex, violence and surrealism, first at a maze-like factory, then in Tunisia where youths are subjected to S&M tortures in striking all-white settings. This enigmatic narrative and its outré content are pushed several degrees closer to total madness in N. TOOK THE DICE, which scrambles an already ambiguous chronology to the point of freeform collage. A voiceover narrator provides the only semblance of logic in a mash-up that incorporates not just footage from EDEN but outtakes and new sequences as well. Originally made for French television and never given a commercial release, the film is an arresting pure sensory experience that one is advised not to even try making conventional "sense" of.

Director & Writer Alain Robbe-Grillet

Stars: Catherine Jourdan, Pierre Zimmer, Richard Leduc

YOUTUBE LINK FOR THE MOVIE: https://youtu.be/tW7SwTyd6eo

Subtitles in English

No Copyright  Issues according to YouTube.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesmen, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

Director & Writer

Roy Andersson

Stars: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg

Subtitles - English

The title was inspired by the painting The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

The two scenes including the Swedish march took 2 months to complete.

The military hymn that is sung several times in the film uses the melody of The Battle Hymn of the Republic (Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory).

The film contains 39 vignettes that examines the absurdity of ordinary life.

The song Jonathan continuously plays on his record player is "Lille Vackre Anna" from Alf Pröysen.

According to Roy Andersson the film had been inspired by Ladri di biciclette (1948).

It was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards; however, the movie did not receive a nomination.

Charlotta Larsson who plays "Lotta la Boiteuse" in the film is daughter to legendary Swedish actor Erland Josephson, most notably known for his work with auteur Ingmar Bergman

YOUTUBE LINK FOR THE MOVIE: https://youtu.be/Hbj0WZ3vPGk

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terça-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2023

Storytelling , by Todd Solondz (2001)

College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.

Director & Writer :Todd Solondz

Stars

Selma Blair, Leo Fitzpatrick, Robert Wisdom, Franka Potente, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman.

Music by Belle & Sebastian, Nathan Larson

This movie is blocked in the US. But I will post another movie of Todd Solondz (Happiness), that will be ok for the US audience.

There was a third story, with James Van Der Beek as a college student realizing his sexuality, which was subsequently cut out of the film.

Selma Blair's totally nude sex scene in Storytelling was so graphic that writer-director Todd Solondz had trouble watching it on-set. But Blair told Backstage that she had no problem at all being naked in front of cast and crew. "I'm not the most guarded person, so it doesn't bother me. If anyone wants to see it, go ahead. Usually I don't think they care. The crew is too busy eating a sandwich or something," she laughed. 

Todd Solondz refused make cuts to the sex scene between Vi and Mr. Scott to obtain an R-rating from the MPAA, and instead opted to crudely censor the scene by digitally inserting a red ribbon in the shot over the action as a way of expressing his contempt at being told to alter the movie.

Subtitles: English

LINK FOR THE MOVIE:  https://youtu.be/grAGZ5R6168

Copyright owner is blocking in these territories

Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States

sábado, 11 de fevereiro de 2023

A Fugitive From The Past (Kiga kaikyô), by Tomu Ushida (1965)

Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.


A Fugitive from the Past is sometimes compared to Kurosawa's High and Low, both being crime procedural films. One thing Uchida does better is providing interesting characters; the cast in his film is MUCH more interesting than in Kurosawa's film. Rentaro Mikuni, the most underrated Japanese actor ever, gives a fascinating lead performance; his character is unpredictable and mysterious as he should be. Sachiko Hidari (wife of New Wave director Susumu Hani) is very lovely as the somewhat childish prostitute and the second act, which centers around her, is definitely the best. Special mention to Jonzaburo Ban and Ken Takakura as the two cops which shine in the third act.


Director

Tomu Uchida

Writers

Naoyuki Suzuki (screenplay), Tsutomu Minakami (novel)

Stars

Rentarô Mikuni, Sachiko Hidari, Kôji Mitsui


Subtitles in English & Portuguese (essa última foi sincronizada via Point Sync via Subtitle Edit, mas não garanto que esteja 100% no decorrer do filme).


No copyright issues acoording to YouTube. But we never know for certain.


YouTube link for the movie:  https://youtu.be/YajDhC7UECg

Mass Appeal, by Glenn Jordan (1984)

A popular Connecticut priest shields a seminary rebel from the wrath of a stern monsignor.

Stars

Jack Lemmon, Zeljko Ivanek, Charles Durning.

Music by Bill Conti.

Subs only in English.

YOUTUBE LINK FOR THE MOVIE: https://youtu.be/WQZO8OuLwCw

This channel posted this movie on YouTube  a few days ago and YT informed that there was no copyright restrictions. 

As the YouTube copyright verification system is flawed, I decided to post the film on my blog and then offer the link.


According to actor Zeljko Ivanek, the fish sermon scene was shot 15 times from three different angles. Although Ivanek considers the last take the best, most of it didn't make the final cut because it was too emotionally jarring for the audience.

The movie is based on a play originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club, directed by Jack Dolgen and starring Milo O'Shea as Tim Farley and Eric Roberts as Mark Dolson. It opened at the off-Broadway Stage 73 on April 22, 1980 and ran for 104 performances. O'Shea was nominated for a Tony for his role.

Third and final cinema movie of director Glenn Jordan. The other two theatrical feature films were Carência de Amor (1984) and O Doce Sabor de um Sorriso (1981). Jordan predominantly worked in television.

Second of three films that actors Jack Lemmon and Charles Durning both worked on. The other movies were A Primeira Página (1974) and Ensina-me a Viver (1995). The three pictures were each separated by around a decade.

Some movie posters for this film featured a long text preamble that read: "Father Timothy Farley has always preached about miracles. Now he has to perform one. For years, he had everything he could ever ask for. The love of his parishioners. The respect of his superiors. And the smoothest golf swing in his district. Then, the Church sent him someone he didn't ask for - a rebellious young deacon named Dolson. And he's been given just one month to whip him into shape. MASS APPEAL. Somewhere between laughter and tears, they found something to believe in".

Two major supporting roles for the film were added to the story which were not in the "Mass Appeal" stage play. These were the housekeeper and monsignor characters, played by Louise Latham and Charles Durning respectively.

The film's executive producer was Joan B. Kroc who was the widow of Ray Kroc, the CEO of McDonalds and owner of the San Diego Padres. This was her own film credit.

The movie's source "Mass Appeal" play by Bill C. Davis was a two-hander i.e. it featured only two characters, Father Farley and Deacon Dolson, played in the film by Jack Lemmon and Zeljko Ivanek respectively. The movie also features a number of other characters in the opening up of the stage play for the big screen.

The picture finished filming around August 1984. It debuted stateside about two-three months later around November/December 1984.

This picture was the next film that actor Jack Lemmon appeared in after Costa-Gavras' Desaparecido: Um Grande Mistério (1982) for which Lemmon had won the Best Actor Award at Cannes.

Thanks to IMDb  for all the trivia.

The Other, by Robert Mulligan (1972)

A series of gruesome accidents plague a small American farming community in the summer of 1935, encircling two identical twin brothers and their family.

Director

Robert Mulligan

Writer

Tom Tryon (screenplay)

Stars

Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky, John Ritter.

Music by Jerry Goldsmith


Subs: English & Portuguese


YOUTUBE LINK FOR THE MOVIE:  https://youtu.be/NU3F474iK3M


At the early stages of production, author-producer Tom Tryon wanted Ingrid Bergman for the role of Ada (the Grandmother), and Mark Lester for the dual roles of Niles and Holland. When Bergman passed, on account of a previous stage commitment, Uta Hagen was hired and brought aboard twins Chris Udvarnoky and Martin Udvarnoky.

Screenwriter Thomas Tryon said he was deeply disappointed in the final result: "Oh, no. That broke my heart. Jesus. That was very sad... That picture was ruined in the cutting and the casting. The boys were good, Uta was good, the other parts, I think, were carelessly cast in some instances--not all, but in some instances. And, God knows, it was badly cut and faultily directed. Perhaps the whole thing was the rotten screenplay, I don't know. But I think it was a good screenplay."

In post-production, editing done to the film caused over half of Jerry Goldsmith's music to be left out. The soundtrack was finally available in 1997 along with Balada Para Satã (1971).

This is based on the first novel ever written by Thomas Tryon, who adapted the screenplay from his own book. The success of both the book and the film led to Tryon enjoying a "second career" as a prolific, best-selling author. In the early 1960s, Tryon pursued a career as a screen actor, with his best known role being the title character in 1963's The Cardinal.


Film blocked in Andorra, Brazil, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, New Caledonia, Réunion, St. Barthélemy, St. Martin, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Switzerland, Wallis & Futuna

Cyrano de Bergerac, with Gérard Depardieu (1990)

Famed swordsman and poet Cyrano de Bergerac is in love with his cousin Roxane. He has never expressed his love for her as he his large nose undermines his self-confidence. Then he finds a way to express his love to her, indirectly.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Writers: Edmond Rostand (play), Jean-Paul Rappeneau (adaptation) Jean-Claude Carrière(adaptation)

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez.

LINK FOR THE MOVIE WITH ENGLISH & PORTUGUESE SUBS: https://youtu.be/6MF8TURNpNk

Gérard Depardieu and Vincent Perez play rivals for the affections of Roxanne. In real life, they would both father a child with Karine Silla. The daughter fathered by Depardieu is even named Roxane Depardieu.

Roxane really existed, she really was Cyrano's cousin, and she really did marry a baron whose surname was De Neuvillette. However, there is no evidence whatsoever that he and Cyrano were both in love with Roxane.

The film required 2000 actors and extras, and 2000 costumes, half of which were specially designed for the film. Over 1000 weapons were required as well as 40 studio sets and outdoor locations.

Cyrano's final insult to his own nose is translated as "Oh, that this too, too solid nose would melt." This is a parody of Hamlet's "Oh, that this too, too solid flesh would melt. Gérard Depardieu later appeared in Hamlet (1996), opposite Kenneth Branagh and Derek Jacobi, both of whom have played Cyrano.

The title character was a real historical person. He was born in 1619 and died in 1655. Although there is no real evidence that he actually could compose and recite a poem while dueling, and time his poem so that he could finish the poem and kill his opponent at the same time, he did write the earliest science-fiction books on record, two hundred-fifty years before Jules Verne wrote his. There is also no evidence that he ever wrote another man's love letters.

Gérard Depardieu was so fond of his character, Cyrano, that he kept the look (long hair and moustache) for a long time after filming completed.

The English subtitles use Anthony Burgess' translation of the play text, which preserves the rhyming alexandrines of Edmond Rostand's French text.

The first act of the original play takes place entirely within the theater, rather than venturing outside, and ends when Cyrano steps out to fight the hundred men sent to kill Ligniere. During his conversation with Le Bret, a food seller offers him some of the concessions. Having just given away his money, by using it to pay back all the theatergoers, he at first refuses, but then accepts nothing more than a glass of water, half a biscuit, and a grape. That detail is not included in this film, since the actions moves outside while Cyrano duels Valvert. However, it does appear to make reference to it. While waiting for Valvert to confront him, Cyrano helps himself to grapes.

Cyrano states that he has "practically lived" Don Quixote. Gérard Depardieu was later considered for the role of Quixote in Terry Gilliam's troubled production, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. As that role had previously been played by José Ferrer, it would have marked the second role that the two actors shared.

With a Best Actor nomination for this film, Gérard Depardieu became the first actor to receive an Oscar nomination for playing the same role in another film version of a work that a different actor (José Ferrer) had previously won the award for. Robert De Niro had won an Oscar for playing Vito Corleone, a role that Marlon Brando had previously won the Oscar for, but De Niro and Brando had played the role in two entirely different films with two entirely different storylines. Ferrer and Depardieu had respectively appeared in different versions of Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac".

Edmond Rostand's original play identifies one character as "a Musketeer." This Musketeer compliments Cyrano after his duel with Valvert, and is later the one who remarks to Cyrano, after seeing him embrace Christian, that they are allowed to talk about his nose again. The earlier scene identifies him as D'Artagnan - which may identify him as the same D'Artagan who is the hero of Alexandre Dumas's novels. Appropriately, both Gérard Depardieu and José Ferrer have appeared in adaptations of the last novel in that series, The Vicomte of Braggelone. Depardieu played Porthos in O Homem da Máscara de Ferro (1998), and Ferrer played Athos in O Quinto Mosqueteiro (1979).

This film's first U.S. Premiere was in New York on November 16, 1990. This is forty years to the day since the U.S. Premiere of the 1950 film Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), which starred José Ferrer.

At the Cannes Film Festival, Gerard Depardieu got to meet Jose Ferrer.

The appearance of the Comte de Guiche in the play and film represents another connection to Alexandre Dumas's Musketeer novels. As referenced in the play, the Comte (Antoine de Gramont III) was married to Cardinal Richelieu's niece. Richelieu was the antagonist in the original Three Musketeers. He also makes a brief appearance in the second Musketeer novel, Twenty Years After. His son, Armand de Gramont, is a major character in that novel and the final one, The Viscount of Bragelonne.


Blocked in:

Andorra, Belgium, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Guadeloupe, Luxembourg, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, New Caledonia, Réunion, St. Barthélemy, St. Martin, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Switzerland, Wallis & Futuna

His Most Serene Highness - Su alteza serenísima - (2001)

From legendary director Felipe Cazals, a historical drama of the last days of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Despite defeating the Tex...