UK/ITALY/CANADA/US 2021, 120 min Director Joe Wright
This new musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac shares the original’s 17th-century setting but offers a few tricks of its own. Cyrano (Peter Dinklage) is a gifted poet and skilled duelist who secretly loves the beautiful Roxanne (Haley Bennett) but believes himself unlovable. After she confides in him her passion for the handsome cadet Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), Cyrano ghostwrites love letters to Roxanne on behalf of the tongue-tied suitor. Filming during the pandemic, director Joe Wright says he was determined to make something “really beautiful.” With songs and score by members of the band The National, as well as colorful costumes and choreography, this sumptuous production fits that bill, but the show’s secret weapon is Dinklage, who perfectly embodies Cyrano’s pride, wit, and romantic yearning. Wright adds, “It feels like it’s the kind of movie that I need to be making, especially now.” –Richard Peterson
Our Opening Night program features a screening of Cyrano and an onstage conversation with director Joe Wright.
Gala sponsored by
Thursday, October 7, 6:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center + CinéArts Sequoia
British director Joe Wright got his start in a puppet theater run by his parents. In film he is best known for the literary adaptations Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Anna Karenina (2012), and the romantic war drama Atonement (2007).