New releases of video cassettes; reviews by New York Times critics:"Cyrano de Bergerac." 1990. Orion. $89.98. 2 hours, 18 minutes. French with English subtitles. No rating.
A touch of cosmetic prosthesis adds just enough to Gerard Depardieu's own generous nose to make it the object of ridicule and swordplay in Edmond Rostand's romantic verse drama.
Smitten by Roxanne (Anne Brochet), Cyrano acts as a go-between for her and his none-too-articulate cohort, Christian (Vincent Perez). Jean-Paul Rappenau's film is a physically elaborate period spectacle, and Mr. Depardieu's performance is a "disciplined whirlwind of conflicting emotions that finds surprising new life in a theatrical antique" (Vincent Canby).