Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) - full transcript

France, 1640: Cyrano, the charismatic swordsman-poet with the absurd nose, hopelessly loves the beauteous Roxane; she, in turn, confesses to Cyrano her love for the handsome but tongue-tied Christian. The chivalrous Cyrano sets up with Christian an innocent deception, with tragic results. Much cut from the play, but dialogue not rewritten.

Thrice happy he who hides
from pomp and power

in sylvan shade
or solitary bower

where balmy zephyrs
fan his burning cheeks...

- Clown! The king of clowns!
Leave the stage at once!

Who is it?

It's Cyrano.
I was afraid he'd do this.

Thrice happy he
who hides from pomp and power...

- Wretch! Did I not forbid
you to appear this month?

- Let's be quiet.
- Quiet!

Go on Montfleury.

Thrice happy he who...

He who, indeed.

Donkeys say rather Hee-Haw!

Begone! Or must I come and
help you off the stage myself?

What! Still there?

Where balmy zephyrs
fan his burning cheeks...

Fat swine, if you dare breathe
on balmy zephyr more

I'll fan your cheeks
for you!

Monsieur, won't you all
protect me?

- Proceed, proceed.
- Go on.

Sir, I will not allow you
to insult me in this manner.

What manner would you prefer?

Quiet, down there!

- We'll tolerate
no more of this.

Go on with the play,

Unless these gentlemen
retain your seats

my sword may
bite their ribbons.

Who is this braggart?

My cousin, sir.

Well, Montfleury,
still no exit?

- Very well then,
I enter

with knife, to carve
this fat, stuffed goose.

I pray, do not crowd
my scabbard here.

She may put her
tongue out at you.


I say be silent!

And I offer one universal
challenge to you all:

Will all who wish to die,
please raise their hands.

Approach, young heroes.
I will take your names.

To the first man who falls
I'll build a monument.

Who will head the list?

You, sir?



No, no.


Anyone at all?


Not one finger?

Very well then,
I go on.

Attend to me, Full Moon.

I clap my hands three times, thus.

At the third, you will...
eclipse yourself.



How dare you.

I demand!

I insist.

- I call upon all the nobles...
- Two!

This is an outrage.

You hear, an outrage.

Nothing on earth
will move me from this stage.


Fair ladies and noble gentlemen...
- Boo!

But, Monsieur de Bergerac,

why have you done this
to our Montfleury, an admirable actor?

I have two reasons,
either one conclusive.

First, he is an
abominable actor,

who mouths his verse
and moans his tragedy.


Well, that's my secret.

But you've closed the play!

It is not a very good play.

And of their money?

Possibly you would like
that returned to these good people.




Well, Monsieur, you are hereby
authorized to close our play every night.

On these terms.

Ladies and gentlemen,
your money will be returned.

Kindly pass out, quietly.

Goodnight, goodnight.

Your cousin is an
extraordinary man, Madame.

Oh, I agree.

Soldier, poet, philosopher,
musician, playwright.

All those?

Yes, and the best
swordsman in Paris.


Now, I should have thought
the Vicomte here had that honor.

Tell me, Madame, that
comic mask, that nose,

presently he will take it off?

No, Monsieur, he keeps it.

And heaven help
the man who smiles.

Good night.

Oh, Monsieur!


Uh, when do you leave Paris?


Why, after what you've
just done to Montfleury,

did you not know that
the Compte de Guiche was his patron?

Who's yours?

No one.

No one?

No patron?

I said not.

But the Compte de Guiche
has a long arm.

Mine is longer
by three feet of steel.

Yes, but.

but, what a scare...

You may go now.

- but...
- You may go.

Well, tell me,
why are you staring at my nose?

Oh, I was not staring.

Does it astonish you?

Why n...Why no, I've been careful
not to look.

Oh, and why not, if you please?

It disgusts you, then?

But, no, I just...

Does its color appear
to you unwholesome?

By no means.

Then, possibly you find it
just a trifle large?

No, small, very small, tiny!


You accuse me of absurdity?

Small, my nose?
Why magnificent, my nose!

You pug, you knob,
you button head,

know that I glory
in this nose of mine!

For a great nose
indicates a great man,

congenial, courteous,
intellectual, virile, courageous.

Whilst that face of yours,

that blank, inglorious concavity
which my right hand finds on top of you,

is as devoid of pride, of poetry,
of soul, of picturesqueness,

of contour, of character,
of nose, in short,

As that which is at the bottom of that limp,
spine of yours my left foot.- Oh, help!

Presently, this fellow
will grow tiresome.

Oh, he blows his horn.

- Well, will no one
put him in his place?

If you would all me.

Monsieur, your nose,
your nose is rather large.


Oh, well.

Is that all?

Well, of course, you...

Ah, no young sir, you're too simple.

Why, you might have
said a great many things.

Why waste your opportunity?

For example, thus...


I, sir, if that great nose were mine,
I would have it amputated on the spot.


How do you drink with such a nose.
You must have had a cup made especially.


'Tis a rock, a crag, a cape.

A cape, say rather, a peninsula.


Uh, what is that receptacle,
a razor case or a portfolio?


Ah, do you love the little birds so much
that when they come and sing to you,

you give them this to perch on?


Take care. A weight like that
might make you top-heavy.


When it blows the typhoon howls
and the clouds darken.


When it bleeds...the Red Sea.


Eh, when do they
unveil the monument?


Beware, a secret weapon!


What a sigh for some perfumer!


Uh sir, I recognize in you
a man of parts,

a man of...prominence.

Or, Literary-

Was this the nose
that launched a thousand ships?

These, my dear sir, are things
you might have said had you

some tinge of letters or of wit
to color your discourse.

Bit wit not so.
You never had an atom.

And of letters, you need
but three to write you down, a..s..s.


You, sir!

Dolt! Bumpkin! Fool!

How do you do, and I,
Cyrano Savinien Hercule de Bergerac.

Vicomte, come.

Such arrogance.
This scarecrow who...

Look at him!

No ribbons. No lace.
Not even gloves!

True. I carry my adornments
only on my soul.

Decked with deeds
instead of ribbons.

Mantled in my good name,

and crowned with a
white plume of freedom.


But, I have no gloves.

A pity, too.

I had one, the last one of an old pair,
and lost that.

Very careless of me.

Some gentleman offered me
an impertinence.

I left it in his face.

So be it!

You shall die exquisitely

Oh, a poet.

Oh, yes, a poet if you will.

So, uh, while we fight,
I'll improvise a ballad for you,

and as I end the refrain,
...skhrch!...thrust home.

Will you?

I will.

Ballad au Duel
at the Theatre de Burgoyne

between de Bergerac,
and uh...a barbarian.

What do you mean by that?

Oh, that?

The title.

Stop. Let me choose my rhyme.

So. Here we go.

Lightly I toss my hat away.

Languidly o'er my arm let fall
the cloak that covers my bright array.

Then, out swords,
and to work withal.

A Lancelot in his lady's hall,

A Spartacus at the Hippodrome,

I dally a while with you..

you jackall.

Just as I end the refrain,

thrust home!

Where shall I skewer my peacock again?

Nay, better for you
to have shunned this brawl.

Here in the heart
or your ribbons, gay,

in the belly
'neath you silken shawl?

Now, come my points floats,
light as the foam

ready to drive you
back to the wall,

and then as I end the refrain,

thrust home.

Oh, for a rhyme.

Why, your fight is fading.

You break.

You cower.

You cringe.

You crawl.

How can I tell
you're allowed to say

something to turn on my head


Life with a tunny

death with a scall.

Something to turn on my fancy roam,

free for a time till the rhyme's recall,

then as I end the refrain,

thrust home!


pray God that is Lord of all,

pardon you soul,

for your time has come.

Pass! I fling you aslant, asprawl.

Then as I end the refrain,

thrust home!

Ladies and gentlemen,
please, please,

not until the performance is over.

Close the house.

A strike,

but leave the lights.

We rehearse the new
farce tonight.


You have only to watch a fight,

or have you ruined
if you listen to them.

Think of the enemies you've made,

Montfleury, the Vicomte,
if he lives,

all those foppish marquis,
the Comte de Guiche.

That politician.

He's the Cardinal's nephew.
There's power there!

And power here.

Young fool!

Take an example from me.

20 years a captain,
while others who know only

how to deploy their
forces at court

now dangle a marshal's baton.

Well, uh, someday
I will avenge you, too.

Come on, let's go to dinner.

No, not I.

Why not?

Because I have no money.

But, the purse of gold.

Farewell paternal pension.

And you have
until the first of next month?


What a fool.

Yes, but, what a moment.

Pardon, Monsieur.

A man ought
never to go hungry.

I have everything here.


My dear child, I cannot bend this Gascon
pride of mine to accept such a kindness.

But, I...

Yet, for fear that
I may give you pain if I refuse,

I will take something.

A grape.

One only.

And a glass of water.

No, clear.

And, uh,...half a macaroon.

Nothing more?

Why, yes.

Your hand to kiss.

Thank you, sir.

Good night.





Mon Dieux, I was hungry,

Tell me.


Why to you hate
this Montfleury?

A very bad actor.

Ah, come now, the real
reason, the truth.

That fat goat who cannot hold
his belly in his arms,

still dreams of being
sweetly dangerous among the women.

Sighs and languishes, making sheep's
eyes out of his great frog's face.

I hate him ever since one day
he dared smile upon...

Oh, my friend, I seemed to see over
some flower a great snail crawling.

Eh, what?

Is it possible?

For me to love?

I love.

May I know?

Whom I love?

Think a moment.

Think of me.

Me, whom the plainest
woman would despise.

Me, with this nose of mine that marches
on before me by a quarter of an hour.

Whom shall I love.

Why, of course, it must be the
woman in the world most beautiful.

Most beautiful?

In these eyes of mine...
beyond compare.


Your cousin, Roxane.




Why not?
If you love her, tell her so.

My old friend.

Look at me and tell me how
much hope remains for me

with this protuberance.

Ahhh, I have no more illusions.

Now and then I may grow tender
walking alone in the blue of evening

through some garden fresh with flowers
after the benediction of the rain.

My poor big devil of a nose
inhales April.

And I follow with my eyes where
some boy with a girl upon his arm,

passes a patch of silver...
and I feel somehow...

I wish I had a woman, too,

walking with me under the moon,
and holding my arm and smiling.

Then I dream.

I forget.

And then I see the shadow
of my profile on the wall.

My friend.

My friend.

I have my bitter days,
knowing myself so ugly, so alone.

Ah, but your wit, your courage,

why that poor child who just
now offered you your dinner,

your saw it, her eyes
did not avoid you.

That is true.

Well, then, Roxane herself,
watching your duel, pale.


Yes, her lips parted.
Her hand at her breast, thus.

I saw it.

Speak to her. Speak, man.

She might laugh at me.

It is the one thing
in this world I fear.

Pardon, Monsieur,
a lady outside asking for you.


A Duenna.

I have a message for you
from a...a certain lady.

She desires to know when
and where she may see you privately.

She has certain
things to tell you.



She wishes to see me?

We go tomorrow at dawn
to hear mass at St. Rupe

And afterwards, where
would you suggest?

Well, then, I...

- Where?
- Well?

Ah...I am thinking.

And you think?


The shop at Ragueneau's.

Yes, yes, Ragueneau,
the pastry cook.

Who dwells?

Rue Saint Honore.

Eh...Rue Saint Honore.

We are agreed. At 7 o'clock.
Until then. Adieu.

I'll be there.

Me! To see me!

Ah, not quite so gloomy.

After all, she knows
that I exist.

Imagine, she has
asked to see me!

So, now you're
going to be happy?

Happy. I'm going to be a storm. A flame!

I need to fight whole
armies all alone!

I have ten hearts!

I have a hundred arms!.

I feel too strong
to war with mortals!


Quiet, please, shhh.
We are rehearsing back here.

So sorry.
Ha, ha, ha.




Oh, thank goodness
you're still here.

Well, what's the matter.

I'm afraid to go home.


You know those
comic verses I wrote?

About the congregation.

Cyrano, he's hired ruffians.

A hundred, waiting for
me on the way home.

They're gonna beat me.
Cane me!

Please, would you permit me
to spend the night with you?

A hundred men,
is that all?

Ragueneau, you're
going home tonight.

But they're armed.
They're cutthroats!

Take this lantern.
Forward march.

I say that I'll be the man
to see you to your shop.

Not you, I want no help from you.

For even for a hundred,
you're mad.

Those are the odds I want.

Why for this pastry cook?

First, because this
pastry cook is a friend of mine.

Second, because this
pastry cook is also a poet.

And, most important,

if anything should
happen to this pastry cook,

tomorrow morning at seven
his shop will be closed.


Cyrano. Help!

Look out behind you!

I have been robbed.

There are no hundred here.

It's, it's, it's...

Be quick. Inside.

Bolt the door!








How do you feel?

Oh, pleasantly exhilarated.

- Come, I know a little tavern not far...
- Where's Ragueneau?


Little boy, come out.
All's well!

- Is it over?
- All over.


So soon?

Ha, ha, ha.

Oh, if only I'd had my sword.
How many did we kill?

Oh, about eight.




begins to annoy me.

No. The sauce and meat must rhyme.
Add a pinch of marigold and thyme.

Your house, of course needs a stronger roof.
Eh? There's proof.



Come in and eat.

- What time is it?
- Not quite seven.

Oh, now, please, Cyrano.
A man without breakfast is like...

Could she have changed her mind?

Aw, she wouldn't dare.

We were magnificent last night.

And at the theater, too.

'Then, as I end the refrain'...

When she arrives.
Where can we converse undisturbed?

Wherever you like.
My shop is yours.

The little dining room
is quite romantic.

'Thrust home!'
Yea gods, what a line.

- 'Then as I end the re...'
- Vanish.

- Uh, huh, she's come?
- Shhhh.

I swear.


- A pardon, one word.
- Oh, yes?

Have you a good digestion?

Oh, wonderful.

Eh, here are some ?clairs.
Uh, creampuffs.

Some, uh, jellyrolls.
And do you like nature?

I adore it.

Go out and eat these in the sunshine.
Do not return.

But why?

Until you have finished them.

What do I do then?

Blessed above all others be the hour
when you remember to remember me,

and came to tell me...what?

To tell you that...

Before I dare tell you I...

Are you, I wonder, still
the same big brother almost

that you used to be
when we were children,

playing by the pond
in the old garden down there?

At Bergerac.
Those lovely summers.

You use to make swords
out of bulrushes.

And you, dandelions
also golden hair.

In those days
I could tell you everything.

And you did
everything I wished.

Little Roxane, a sweet tyrone
with short skirts and long hair.

Was I pretty?

Not too plain.

Sometimes when you had fallen
or hurt your hand,

you used to come running to me,
and I would be your mother and say,

oh, with a very grownup voice,
'Now, what have you been doing to yourself?'

'Let me see.'

- Oh!
- No one that.

Wait, let me see.

Still. At your age?

Now, how did you do that?

Playing with the big boys
at the Place de Neanne.

Come here.

Such a wise little mother.

And tell me, while I wash this
blood away, how many you played with?

- Oh, about a hundred.
- A hundred?

- More or less.
- It can't be.


Tell me what you were
going to tell me...

if you dared.

I think I do dare, now.

It seems so like
those happy days long ago.

Yes, I dare.

Listen...I love someone.


Someone who does not know.


Someone who loves me, too,
but is afraid of me and keeps away

and never says one word.


Give my that hand.

Why, how hot it is.

Yes, he loves me.
I am sure of it.


And he is a soldier, too,
in your own regiment,

your own company.


Such a man.

He is proud, noble, young, brave,



What's the matter?

Oh, nothing.

It's this, my hand.

I love him.
That is all.

And I have never seen him
anywhere except in the theater.

You have never spoken?

Only with our hearts.

Well, then, how do you know?

Well, people talk about people,
and I hear things, and...

and I know.

You say he is in the guards?

His name?

Baron Christian de Neuvillette.

You know him?

He is not in the guards.

Yes, since last week.

He is only lately
come to Paris...

from Normandy.

So soon.
So soon we lose our hearts.


Monsieur de Bergerac

I have eaten all the cakes.

Now, go out and enjoy nature.

But my dear child, you love
only words, wit, poetry.

Why, for all you know,
the man may be a savage or a fool.

Not with such eyes.
I read his soul in them.

Yes, all our souls are
written in our eyes.

And you have brought
me here to tell me this?

I do not yet quite understand,
madam, the reason for your confidence.

They say, that in your company,
it frightens me, you are all Gascon.

We pick a quarrel with any outsider
who intrudes himself.

Is that what you have heard?

- I'm so afraid for him.
- Not without reason.

And I thought you...
it's you whom they all respect and fear.

You want me to defend
your little Baron?

Will you?

Just for me.

Because I have always
been your friend.

And this is what
you want of me?

Will you be his friend?

I will be his friend.

And never let him
fight a duel.

No, never.


I promise.

Oh, thank you. Thank you.
I knew I could rely on you.

Well, now I must go.

Oh, you never told
me about last night.

Why, you must
have been a hero.

Have write and tell me all about it,
and...about himself.

Oh, you are a darling.
We are great friends, are we not?

He must write to me.

A hundred men against one.
You shall tell me the whole story

someday when we have time.

A hundred men.
What courage!

I have done better.


Let us leave this place.

But the whole company
is on its way here.

Oh, no.

On my heels. Naturally I told
them all about last night.

They're wild.

Here they are.

- Yes, but, why did you?
- Perhaps I can stop them.

Never mind.


Eight dead men in the street.

You know my edict
against dueling, nephew.

I expect to have it enforced.

Furthermore, I wish to know
who was responsible for last night's

outrage at the Place de Neanne.

I understand, Your Eminence.

Very well.
And now I have news

that should be more
to you liking.

I fear, in confidence, our
uneasy armistice with Spain is doomed.

My colonelcy?

You commission has been prepared.

Oh, thank you, uncle, thank you.

Oh, one thing more.

Last night at the theater,
the duel in rhyme,

that guardsman with a nose.

- Bergerac, that impossible Gascon.
- Yes, impossible.

- His treatment of Montfleury.
- Abominable.

- The arrogance with which he closed the play.
- Incredible.

- It will be a miracle if the Vicomte survives.
- A sorrow.

What will you do
with him, Your Eminence?

I? Nothing.

I thought I might
leave that to you.

To me?

Yes. Place him somewhere
in your service,

with a comfortable allowance.

He looked a little threadbare.

I...You...But, Your Eminence.
You detest dueling.

Of course I do.

Why didn't you prevent it?

I should much prefer
that monsieur de Beregrac

live by the pen,
rather than die by the sword.

Do you not agree, Antoine?

By all means, Your Eminence.
By all means.

'And then, as I end the refrain...
thrust home.'

Monsieur de Bergerac.

Your Excellency.

I have come to express my...

admiration for both
your exploits last night.

Indeed. Thank you.

My dear fellow,
we may have had our differences,

but I am disposed
to forget them.

That is very generous
of you, sir.

No, truly.

You are, it seems, a man
of many skills.

A rare combination
soldier and poet.

- Would you care to join my following?
- No, sir.

I do not follow.

I am told you have
written a play.

As you know, my uncle,
the Cardinal, is also a dramatist.

I might help you there.

Cyrano, now at last
you can have it performed.

Why not?

I could take it to him.


Of course.
Let him rewrite a few lines

here and there, and
he'll find a theater for you. lines?


Uh, when he likes a thing,
he pays well.

Yes, but not so well as I.

When I have made a line
that sings itself

I pay myself a hundred times.

You are proud, my friend.

You have observed that?

- Cyrano.
See what we found in the street.

Plumes dropped in their flight
by those fine birds

who showed their
tail feathers!

The man who hired
those scoundrels,

he must be an
angry man today.

Who was it?
Do you know?

It was I.

I hired them to do the sort
of work we do not soil our hands with.

Punishing an insolent poet.

They ought to be mounted
before they spoil.

What shall we do with them?

Sir, will you not return these
to your friends?

Have you read Don Quixote?

I have and found
myself the hero.

Be so good as to read once more
the capture of the windmills.

Chapter 13.

Windmills, remember,
if you fight with them...

may swing round their huge arms
and cast you down into the mire.

Or up among the stars.




You've done it, now.

You've made your fortune.

He was willing to forget.

There you go again, growling.

this latest pose of yours,

ruining every opportunity
that comes you way,

becomes exaggerated.

Very well, then, I exaggerate.

There are certain things
in this world

a man does well
to carry to extremes.

Your precious independence.
Your white plume.

How do you expect
to succeed in life?

What would you have me do?

Seek for the patronage
of some great man

and like a creeping vine
on a tall tree crawl upward

where I cannot stand alone?

No, thank you.

Be a buffoon in the vile hope
of teasing out a smile on some cold face.

No, thank you.

Eat a toad for breakfast
every morning.

Make my knees calloused.
Cultivate a supple spine.

Wear out my belly
groveling in the dust.

No, thank you.

With my left hand scratch the back
of any swine that roots up gold for me

while my right, too proud to know
his partner's business, takes in the fee.

No, thank you.

Shall I use the fire God gave me
to burn incense all day long?

No, thank you.

Struggle to insinuate my name
into the columns of the Gazette?

Calculate, scheme, be afraid?
Love more to make a visit than a poem?

Seek introductions, favors,

No, thank you.

No, I thank you, and
again I thank you.

But, to sing, to laugh, to dream,
to walk in my own way,

free with and eye
to see things as they are.

A voice that means manhood.

To cut my have
the right shoes.

And a word, a yes, a no,
to fight, or write,

but never to make
a line I have not heard

in my own heart.

To travel any
road under the sun,

under the stars,

nor care if fame or fortune
lie beyond the bourne.

Yet, with all modesty to say,

my soul be satisfied
with flowers,

with weeds,

with thorns, even,

but gather them in the one garden
you may call your own.

In a word, I'm too proud
to be a parasite.

And if mine intellect the germ
that grows towering to heaven

like the mountain pine

I stand not high, it may be,

but alone.

Alone, yes, but why
go about making enemies?

Watching other people
making friends...everywhere,

as a dog makes friends.

I mark the manner of
these canine courtesies,

and think, here comes,
thank heaven, another enemy.

Yes, tell this to all the world,
and then to me say very softly

that she loves you not.

Let me be alone
for a moment.

Cyrano, wait.

Give us your story
of the fight.


No, the story, now!

Oh, let him alone.
There's time enough.

I want it now!

As an example for that young
tadpole sneaking out the doorway.

You, there.

Are you addressing me?

Yes, you flat-footed
Norman farmer.

You wish something of me?

Listen, Monsieur
whatever your name is.

de Neuvillette!

Baron Christan de Neuvillette.

Very well, de Neuvillette.

As you are a newcomer here,
you should know there is a

certain subject or object, if you prefer,
that is never mentioned among us.

And that is...?

Look at me!

You understand?

You mean...?

Thus we never speak that word.

To even breathe it is
to have to do with him.

He has exterminated several
whose mere tone of voice suggested...

Would you die before your time?
Just mention anything convex.

Or cartilaginous.

One word. One syllable.
One gesture. Nay, one sneeze.

And your handkerchief
becomes your winding sheet.



What is the proper thing to do
when Gascons grow too boastful?

Prove to them that one may
be a Norman and still have courage.

I thank you.

Come on, Cyrano, your story.

Now, let me see.
Where shall we begin?

I followed with our host
to meet those scoundrels

not knowing where
they might attack.

No lamps in those narrow
back streets.

No moon in the sky.

Dark. Everything dark.

It was so dark, Mon Dieux,
you could not see beyond...

Your nose!

A new recruit.

Arrived last week.

A recruit, eh?

Ha, ha-.

His name is Christian de Neuvillette.

I see.

Very well.

As I was saying.

It grew dark.

You could not see
your hand before your eyes.

I marched on thinking our all for
the sake of one amateur poet

- Who wrote a verse whenever he took a..
- A nose full.

...whenever he took a notion.,

and might antagonize
some dangerous man.

One powerful enough
to make me pay...

Through the nose! the piper!

After all, I thought,
why am I putting in my..


...putting in my oar in a quarrel
that was none of mine,

however now that I am here,
I may as well go through with it.

Come Gascon, do your duty.

Suddenly a sword
flashed in the dark!

I caught it fair...

On the nose!

...on my blade!

Before I knew it,
there I was...

Rubbing noses!

...crossing swords with
harvard's joy once.

I had the bottom then...

A nosegay!

...a monstrous crab tree.

He went down for as a wave.

I charged...

Who was in the air hard. the two of them.

Another lunged,
and I parried...

Through your nose!

Right out of here!
All of you go!

Leave me with him.

To my arms, sir.
You have courage.

- That pleases me.
- Why?

Come, do you not know
I am her brother?


Hers. Roxane.



Well, a distant cousin.
Much the same.

- Then she has told you?
- Everything.

- She loves me?
- Perhaps.

My dear sir, more than I can say.
I am honored.

- Rather sudden.
- Oh, please, forgive me.

If you knew how
much I have admired you.

- Yes, yes, and all those noses.
- Please. I apologize.

Roxane expects a letter.

- From me?
- Yes, why not?

Oh,, No.

- Once I write, that ruins everything.
- Why?

Because, any schoolboy can write
to her more gracefully than I.

A fool!

- You did not attack me like a fool.
- Anyone can pick a quarrel.

No, I'm never at loss
for words among men,

but with any women...
paralyzed...speechless, dumb.

I'm one of those
stammering idiots

who can not court a woman.


As for myself,
it seems to me that

given the opportunity,
and if I put my mind to it,

I could do that..
rather well.

Oh, is I had words to say
what I have here!

If I were handsome
like you.

Together, we could make
one mighty hero of romance.

If only I had your wit.

Borrow it, then.


Tell me,

would you dare repeat to her
the words I gave you day by day?

Send to her
the letters that I write?

I mean, that Roxane
should have no disillusionment.

Come, shall we win her
both together?

For you?

- Why, Cyrano...
- Christian, why not?

I...I'm afraid.

Afraid that when you
have her all alone, you will lose her.

Have not fear,
it is your self she loves.

Give her yourself.

Put into words,
my words...upon your lips.

Will you?

Will you?

Does it mean
so much to you?

It means...

It means a comedy,
a situation for a poet.

Come, shall we collaborate?

I'll be your cloak of darkness,
your enchanted sword,

your ring to charm
the fairy princess.

Is the prize not worth the danger?

My friend!

My friend.

Take my heart.
I shall have it all the more.

Plucking the flowers,
we will keep the plant in bloom.

Thus do I love thee,
my darling.


There are a dozen
ways to read that line.

Can't you give it some meaning?
Any meaning!

THUS do I love thee!

Thus do "I" love thee.

Thus do I LOVE thee.

Thus do I love THEE,

Who knows your smile
has known a perfect thing.

You are a white rose,
wherein love lies in ambush

for its natural prey.

In the garden of my heart,
you are the most...

eh, the most...

fragrant blossom.

As the tender sapling
thirsts for rain,

as the eagle seeks the sky,

as the wave
hurtles toward the shore,

my heart yearns for you.

Good, good.

You know, you're beginning
to have a feel for words.

- Words. I'm sick of words.
- Those are your weapons.

How else do you conquer?

Yes, but when, when?

They're fighting in the north, now.
You know that.

The Regiment will be
called up any day,

and I've never
even kissed her.

Patience, my boy, patience.

I've been patient.

Why, she sees the Compte de Guiche
as often as she does me.

Do you suppose
she's playing with me?

Making a fool of me?


How can you say?
How do you know?

Cyrano, you have her confidence.
You could find out.

Nonsense, I say.

Oh, very well.

I'll scout the terrain.

Listen, Cyrano,
intelligently, discreetly.


With finesse.

And, uh, what do you think
of Christian after all these weeks?

He is beautiful,
but he's brilliant.

- And I love him.
- Good!

Uh, do you find him intellectual?

- More so than you, even.
- Huh?

- Oh, I didn't mean.
- No, no, no, I am glad.

No man ever so beautifully
said those things.

Those pretty nothings
to everything.

Sometimes, he,. he, he falls
into a reverie.

His inspiration..fails.

But, then all at once,
he will say something absolutely...



How like a man!

You think because a man
has a handsome face he must be a fool.

Not necessarily.

Uh, he talks well about, uh,
matters of the heart?

He does not talk.
He rhapsodizes. He dreams.

Only the other night he said to me,
extemporaneously, mind you.

Oh, of course.

'Take my heart.
I shall have it all the more.

'Plucking the flowers
we will keep the plants in bloom.'


Umm, passable.

He writes well?

Wonderfully, listen:

'Knowing you have in store
more heart to give

- 'than I to find heart room...'
- The first he has too much heart,

then too little. Just how much heart
does he need?

You are teasing.

You are jealous!



Poets are all alike.

Would you dare
criticize these lines?

'Only believe that unto you
my whole heart gives one cry.

'And writing, writes down
more than you receive.

'Sending you kisses
through my fingertips.

'Lady, oh, read my letter
with your lips.'

Yes, those last lines,
but he overwrites.

Listen to this.

Do you know
them all by heart?

Every one.

Well, I may call
that flattering.

He is a master.

- Oh, come..
- Yes, a master.

Huh, a master,...
if you will.

And, uh, when do you
bestow the laurel wreath?

How many prodigies of poetry
must this new Hercules perform?

I do not know.

My friend, you men own the world
and all that's in it.

Woman is at best a prize, a property
valued much the same as a horse or a dog,

unlike the pear and sheen of skin
and soundness of teeth and limb.

Well, if I must be chattel,
then the terms shall be mine,

and the price according
to my own values.


I see.

Christian tells me
that you meet tonight.

What would you have him
speak about?

Oh, nothing,

and everything.

I shall say, speak to me
of love in your own words.

Improvise, rhapsodize.

Be eloquent.

But you will not tell him,
will you?

Ah, perish the thought.

Madame, Compte de Guiche.





- Christian, quick.
- No.

There's still time to learn your lines.

I have some brilliant phrases for you,
brilliant, sensitive...


I'll have not more of it.

Taking all my words, my sentences
all from you,

- making our love a little comedy.
- Don't you real...

It was a game at first,
but now she cares.


Thanks to you.

I'm not afraid any longer.
I'll speak for myself, now.

Oh, undoubtedly.

I will. You shall see!

Besides, I know enough
to take a woman in my arms,

and tonight, I will.


Thank you, my friend,
and goodbye.

- Christian, I beg of you.
- Leave me!

- You're making a grave error.
- Go away!

So be it.



I'm so glad you are early.

Let us stay out here
in the moonlight.

It's so pleasant.

Sit down.

There, so.

Now, speak to me.

I love you.

Yes, speak to me of love. you.

Now, be eloquent.
Be brilliant for me.

Tonight of all nights.

I love

You have your scene.
Now, improvise, rhapsodize.

I love you...
very much!

I ask for cream,
and you give me milk and water.

Tell me firstly,
how you love me.

Very much!

Is that all you feel?

Your throat, if only
I might kiss it.


But, Roxane, I love you.


No, not again.
I do not love you.

That is better.

I...I adore you!


I know I grow absurd.

And that distresses me as much
as if you had grown ugly!

Please. Gather your dreams
together into words., I...

I know. You love me!
Good night!

Oh, but wait, please!

I was going to say...

That you adore me.
Yes, I know that, too.

-No, go away.
- I...

A great success.

Help me.

Not I.
Speak for yourself, my friend.

Why I...I can't.

Well, at least you know enough
to take a woman in your arms.

Oh, Cyrano, please!

What, and make your love
a little comedy.

Cyrano, I cannot live
unless I win her back, now.

This moment!

This moment. How the devil
am I to teach you now, this mo...

Her window.

- Help me, Cyrano, help me.
- Shhhh.

It does seem fairly dark.

Well? Well?

It is more than you deserve.

must try out what can be done.

Stand over there.

Idiot, here, before the
balcony. I'll whisper you what to say.

- She'll hear..
- Shhhh. Call her.



Who's calling?


You again.

I...had to tell you.

No. Go away.
You tell me nothing.


You do not
love me anymore.

No, not anymore.

I love you evermore,

and everymore and more.

Oh, a little better.

Love grows and struggles
like an angry child.

Breaking my heart.

His cradle...

Better still.

But such a babe is dangerous.

Why not have
smothered it newborn?

And so I do.

And yet he lives.

I found as you sha...
you shall find

this newborn babe...
and infant Hercules!


Strong enough at birth

to strangle
those two serpents

doubt and



Why, very good.

Only, tell me why
you speak so haltingly.

Has your imagination

This grows too difficult.

Your words tonight
hesitate, why?

Through the warm summer gloom,
they grope in darkness

toward the light of you.

My words are
heavy with honey,

like returning bees.

Yet they must fly so high.

Come nearer then.
Stand you on the bench.


Then I'll come down.


And why so great a no?

Let me enjoy the one
moment I ever...

My one chance
to speak to you...unseen.


Yes. Yes.

Night making all things
dimly beautiful

one veil over us both.

You need no eyes
to hear my heart.

Oh, tonight, let it seem as if
I speak for the first time.

For the first time?


Your voice, even,
is not the same.

How should it be.

I have another
voice tonight.

My own, myself,... daring!

Why daring?

Because, what am I, what is any man
would he dare ask for you?

Therefore my heart has hidden behind
poetic words and tinsel phrases.

But are they not sweet,
those pretty phrases?

Not enough sweet
for you and me tonight.

You never spoke
to me like this.

I tell you, there comes
one moment, once,

and heaven help those
who pass that moment by,

when beauty stands
looking into the soul

with grave, sweet eyes,
that sicken at pretty words.

Yes...that is love.


A love beyond breath,
beyond reason,

beyond love's own
power of loving.

Your name is like a golden bell
hung in my heart,

and when I think of you I tremble,
and the bell swings and rings,

Roxane! Roxane!
Along my veins...Roxane.

Yes...that is love.

Yes that is love.

That wind of terrible
and jealous beauty,

that dark fire,
that soaring, blinding music.

Yet, you may take my happiness
to make you happier

even though you
never know I gave it to you.

Only let me hear, sometimes, all alone,
the distant laughter of your joy.

Do you begin
to understand a little?

Can you feel my soul there
in the darkness breathe on you?

Oh, only tonight,
now I dare say these things.

I to you, and you hear them.

It is my voice, mine, my own
that makes you tremble

there in the green gloom,
above me, for you do tremble

as a blossom among the leaves,
you tremble, and I can feel

all the way down along
this jasmine branch

whether you will unhold
the passion of you trembling.

Yes, I do tremble.

And I weep, and I love you,
and I am yours,

and you have made me thus.

I have done this to you.

I myself.

Only let me ask
one thing more.

I want a kiss!

You ask me for...


That is to say...

I mean...

You've gone too far.

If she's willing, why
not make the most of it?

I, I ask.
I know I ask too much.

Only one?

Is that all?

How much more than all?

I know I startle you,
I...I ask, I ask you to refuse.

Why? Why? Why?

Christian, be quiet.

What is that your say?

I am angry with myself,
because I know I go too far

and so I say to myself,

Watch it, someone comes.

Well, sir, I am looking
for the house of madame Roxane Robin.

This is not the house. That way.
To the right. Keep to the right.

I thank you sir.

I shall say my beads for you
to the very last bead.

Win me that kiss?


Sooner or later.

So that is true.

Sooner or later must be so, because,
she is young, and you are handsome.

Since it must be, I'd rather be
myself the cause, if it must be.

Are you still there?


We were speaking of...

A kiss.
- A kiss.

And what is a kiss
when all is done?

A vow taken before
the shrine of memory.

A rosy dot
over the "i" of loving.

- A secret whisper
to listen if the past.


A moment free to mortal
with a rush of wing from Ceden.

A sacrament of blossoms.

A new song sung by two hearts
to an old, simple tune.


Why? What shame?

No shame.

Then come.

Gather your sacred blossoms.

Your moment made immortal.


- But, climb?
- Many more!


Ah, Roxane.
I have won what I have wanted.

A feast of love,
and I am faint with hunger.

Yet, I have something here
that is mine now,...

and was not mine before.

I spoke the words
that won her.

She kisses my words.
My words...upon his lips.

What, dear Father,
lost your way again?

But, she lives here,
Madame Robin.

Oh, I thought
you said, Rolen?

No, r..o..b..i..n, Robin.

Oh, Robin, I see.

I'm too old
to chase wild geese

- my feet...
- Oh, what a shame,

however, I'm sure there's someone at home.

What is it?

Yeah, I'm looking for
the young lady, Madam Rolen



A letter for you.

Yes, yes, I heard.


Uh, passing by cousin,
I saw this light.

Uh, some matter
profitable to the soul.

A very noble lord gave it to me.

What is it?

My regiment has been
ordered to the front.

I cannot allow you
to delay any longer.

This simple old monk,
who knows nothing,

will marry us tonight.
My love, Antoine de Guiche.

Father, this letter
concerns you.

"Madame, the Cardinal
will have his way,

"although against your will.

"That is why I am
sending this to you,

"by a most holy man.

"Intelligent, discreet.

"You will communicate
to him our order to perform

"here and at once
the rite of holy matrimony.

"You and Christian will be
married privately in your house.

"Be resigned to the
Cardinal's command,

"who sends herewith
his blessings.

"Your very humble,
and etcetera..."

Oh, this is terrible.

Oh, you're to be
the, uh...

I am to be the bridegroom.

Uh, look here.
A postscript.

"Give to the monastery,
in my name 120 pieces of gold."

One hundred and twenty...

Oh, a worthy lord.
A very worthy lord.

Daughter, resign yourself.

I am resigned.

The Guiche is coming, too.
Don't let him enter.

Not let him enter?

Until we're married, please.


- Why, where did you come from?
- The moon.

- You...
- From the moon.

I have just returned
from the moon.

- The fellow's mad!
-Like a bomb, I tell you,

- I fell from the moon!
- Your feet must...


- Very well, if you say so.
- Thank you.

Raving mad.

- Where am I?
- My dear sir!

- What place is this?
What country?

- Please, let me pass.
- This face, good heavens!

Maul, a robber.
Where am I?

- A lady is waiting for me.
- Oh, this is Paris, huh?

You fool!

Dear old Paris.

Excuse my appearance.
I arrived by the last thunderbolt.

A trifled singed
as I passed through the ether.



That will do, now. I wish...

I know, you wish to look for
my own list of nature for moons

and happiness and character
of it's surface, if any.

I desire no such thing, I...

Of course not.

You wish to know
by what mysterious

means I reached the moon.

Well, a very secret affair of state,

but confidentially
a new invention of my own.

Drunk, two ways.
Well a man..

Oh, no. In truth I have
my choice of several inventions.


Yes, several ways
to violate the virgin sky.



As, for instance, smoke
having a natural tendency to rise,

blow in a globe
enough to raise me.

Yes, that makes one.

Again, I might construct a rocket
in the shape of a HUGE locust

driven by impulses up within
a saltpeter from the rear

and thus speed upwards,
like, thus!

Yes, another?

Finally, seated on an iron plate,
hurl a magnet into the air.

The iron follows.
I catch the magnet.

Throw it again, and
so proceed indefinitely.

Excellent, and
which did you adopt?

Why none of them.

Yet another.

Which was...?


Ahhh, I can't!


Interesting idiot, this.

Have you guessed it yet?

Why, no, what is it?

Alas, you will never know,
but no matter.

You are free and
they are bound in wedlock.

I drunk that voice,
and that nose, Cyrano!

Cyrano. This very moment
they have exchanged vows.


My sincere compliments.

You, also, my traveler in space.

My Lord, the heads of Capathieu
and Joyce have joined together.

Quite so!

Madame, kindly bid
your... husband farewell.

Your regiment leaves tonight, sir.
Report at once!

But, the Cadets are not called.

They are, indeed, and
under my command.

Out there we may
have an accounting.

Somehow, that news
fails to disquiet me.

Here are the orders.
Baron, deliver this.


The bridal night
is not so near.

Somehow that news
fails to disquiet me.

Baron, you have your orders.

Farewell, Roxane.

Take care of him, for me.
Promise me never to let him

do anything dangerous.

I will do my best.
I cannot promise.

I thought you brave always.
Make him be careful.

Yes, yes, I'll try.

Be sure to keep him
warm and dry!

Yes, if possible.

Have him write to me
every single day!

That, I promise you.



The situation
is simple, gentlemen.

We have besieged Arras.
The Prince of Spain has besieged us.

Consequently, we
are surrounded.

- A fine war. Where
the besiegers are beseiged

and starve to death.

Yes, but the Marshal has
devised a brilliant plan

for bringing in food
this very night.

Now, see here.

Spare us the details, Colonel.

Merely inform us
when the food arrives.

True, we are hungry.
But why blame me?

I'm only your Colonel.

Oh, yes, I know
you disprove of me.

Call me courtier, politician.

Well, I can afford you little hates.

My conduct under fire
is well known.

It was only yesterday
I repelled a Spanish attack.

Pouring my men down
like an avalanche.

I, myself lead the charge.

And your white scarf?


And your white scarf?

Eh, you heard that episode?

Yes, I was so far in advance
I was in danger of being captured.

But I thought quickly,
took off and flung away

the scarf that marked
my military rank.

And so being inconspicuous
escaped among my own force,

rallied them, returned,
and won the day.

What do you say to that?

Still, an officer does not like
to resign the privilege of being a target.

How pleasant for you
that you are denied that privilege.

Lend me your scarf.

With your permission I shall
lead the first charge tonight

wearing it over my shoulder.

What bluster.

You're safe making that offer,
and you know it.

My scarf lies on the
river bank between the lines.

A spot swept by artillery.
Impossible to reach alive.



Thank you.

This bit of white is
what I need to make a signal.

I was hesitating.

You have decided me.

- Stand or I'll fire!
- Hold you fire.

There's a man down
there running away.

Yes, a Spaniard.

But very useful as a spy
to both sides.

As I was about
to tell you.

The Marshal has withdrawn
more than half our forces here.

Fortunately, the Spaniards
do not know that.

Oh, yes, they do now,
and they will attack tonight.

At this point.

Your revenge, eh?

I make not great
pretense in loving you.

But since you gentlemen
esteem yourselves invincible,

the bravest of the brave,
and all that.

Why need we be personal.

The Marshal needs
a diversion, and I serve him

in choosing as I chose.

As you can see, Captain,
the great thing is to gain time.

To hold until the Marshal returns.

And to gain time?

You will all be so kind
as to lay down your lives.




I should like to say
farewell to her

with my whole
heart for her to keep.

I have taken the liberty of...

But, wait.

This little spot.



A tear.

Is nothing.

A poet while he writes
is like a lover in his lady's arms,

believing his imagination,
everything seems real.

There's half the charm
of writing.

Now, I made this letter
so pathetic, that,

while I was writing it,
I wept.

You wept?

Why, yes, because
it is a little thing to die,

but not to see her,...
that is terrible.

I shall never...,
you will never...

Give me that.

- Halt. Who goes there.
- On the service of the King.

- The King!
- Fall in...

Good evening.

On the King's service, you?

- Gentlemen,...
- What are you doing here?

- We heard rumors at home
you were hungry,

so we came prepared.

The Spaniards adored the fare,
but they missed the fowl!

But why did you come here
into this, this danger?

They said in Paris
there was no fighting.

Besides, it was your own fault.

Think of the
letters you have written me.

How many times!
Every day!

Every day?

Of course.

And each one
more wonderful than the last.

All this, for a few absurd love letters.

Hush. Absurd?
Your, never.

Every one was like hearing your voice
that night in the dark. Remember?

Like your arms around me.
I read them over and over.

Every page was like
a petal fallen from you soul.

Like the light
and the fire of a great love.

- Sweet and strong and true.
- Sweet.



Oh, my Christian.

I came here to ask forgiveness.

It is time to be forgiven.

Now, when we
may die so soon.

Forgive me for being
light and vain

and loving you only
because you were handsome.

- For now...
- Now?

I love you for yourself.

For what you are.


How you must have suffered.
For you saw how frivolous I was.

And to be loved
for the mere costume,

for the poor, casual
body you went about in.

To a soul like yours,
that must have been torture.


I understand.

You cannot perfectly
believe in me,

a...a love like this...

I want no love like this.

I want love only for...

Only for what every
woman sees in you.

I can to better than that.

No, was best before.

You do not
altogether know me.

I was a child.

I'm a woman now.

- If...if you were less handsome,
- No.

unattractive, ugly even,
I should love you, still.

Do you mean that?

I do mean that.


Even then.

Now, are you happy?


What is it?

Nothing, only, Cyrano...


he has something
to tell you.

Where are you going? a moment.


Your wife, sir,
she goes with me?

No, sir, she remains.

There is still time
for her to escape.

She stays!

Very well.

Someone give me a musket.
I stay here also.

Sir, you show courage.

What, shall I run away,
and leave a woman?

Colonel, my compliments, sir.

What of Roxane?


Well, what is it?
You look so...

She does not love me.

- You think not?
- She loves you.

- No.
- She loves only my soul.

- No.
- Yes!

That means you.
And you love her.

- I?
- I see. I know.

You wrote her,
everyday, every day!

- Perfectly simple.
- Simple?

For a month,
we've been blockaded here.

How did you send
all those letters?

Before daylight
I managed...

To face death

You love her.


Tell her so.

- No.
- Why not?

Look at me.

She would love me
if I were ugly.

- She said that?
- Yes. Now, go to her.

Nonsense. Do not
believe any such madness.

Go back to her.
You never will be ugly.

It is you she loves.

That is what
we shall see.

No, no!

- Let her chose between us.
- No.

- Tell her everything.
- Why do you torture me?

Shall I ruin your happiness,
because I was born with a pretty face?

Am I to ruin yours,
because I happen to have power

to say what you perhaps feel?

- Tell her!
- Don't drive me too far!

- I'm tired of being my own rival.
- Hard to know.

My secret marriage, that
can be annulled, I expect.

I want her love
for the poor fool than I am,

or not at all.

Oh, I'm going through with this.
I'll know one way or the other.

Now, go!...Tell her.

Let her chose one of us.

It will be you.

I hope so.


The Spanish fires are going out.

It begins.

I need a scout. Where's Cyrano.


Let me go.

No, my boy, Cyrano knows
the terrain. He knows their lines.

So do I.
Please, allow me.

Very well.
We must know from which

direction the advance comes.
Their weight and numbers.

I understand.



Christian thinks...

Christian thinks you
ought to know that...

But I do know.

He still doubts what I
just told him, just now.

I saw that.

Yes, but,...was it true,
what you told him just now?

It was true.

I said that I should love him,
even if he were...

The word comes
hard before me?

Say it, I shall
not be hurt.


Even, then
I should love him.


Or disfigured.


How could he
every be grotesque,

ever to me?

But, you could love him so,
as much as?

Yes, and more.


What is it?

Are they fighting?

What is happening?

The Spaniards advance,

but there is time.

- Where is Christian?
- At the parapet.

Oh, of course.

What is it
that you wish to tell me?


believe me this is difficult,
and for once I lack words.

Christian asked me to...

He told me...


To your places, gentlemen.

Is he dead?

No, but dying.

I will not let him!

Cyrano...did you?

Yes, my friend.
I have told her.

She loves you.


Yes, my darling.


He is not dead?


Time you must go, now.

Really, he is dead.

No one else
knew him but you.

Was he not a hero?

Yes, Roxane.

A heart deeper
than we knew.

Yes, Roxane.

A poet.
A soul magnificently tender.

Yes, Roxane.

But he is dead now.

Why, so am I.

For I am dead
and my love mourns for me

and does not know.

Will never know.

Take her away quickly.


A letter over his heart.

I have two deaths
to avenge, now,

Christian's...and my own.


Surrender or you die!


We fought. We died.
We fought again.

Who are these men who are
so fond of death, one Spaniard cried.

On and on, they came.

Then, when all seemed lost,
we heard the trumpets

of our returning troops.
The battle was ours!

Ah, you have been fortunate,
Ms. de Bergerac, you have lived!

While we, we waste our youth.
There is no war and not hope for any.

No hope for any?

My fellow, I just realize,
we are both fools.

But mine is the greater folly,
for I am an older fool.

What is more...
Everything I told you was a lie.

Another satire
for the Gazette?


Another glove flung
in the face of power?

Oh, why do you
do it, Cyrano?

- Why do you attack...
- Stupidity?

Deceit? Corruption?
I'm too old to change.

I'm an old dog
with nothing left but his teeth.

Ah, but teeth can be pulled.
That can be painful.

That insolent wretch.
That scoundrel de Bergerac.

This time he's gone too far.
I swear it.

He's signed his death warrant.

And who will deliver it?

His sword is still very
powerful, my friend.

There are may ways
a man can die.

Who knows?

He may meet
with an accident.


But, uh, tell me, Madame.

How long will you continue
to remain here, forever in mourning?


Was Christian all that?

If you knew him
you would not ask.

His last letter
is still in my heart.

And, uh, Cyrano?
Do you see him often?

Every week. My old friend
takes the place of my Gazette.

He brings me all the news.

Every Saturday under
that tree out there.

I wait for him embroidering.

The hour strikes.
I need not turn to look.

At the last stroke,
I hear his cane tapping the walk.

His satires have made
him many enemies.

But, they still fear
that sword of his.

No one dare touch him.

Hm, that may be so.

It is not violence
I fear for him,

but solitude, poverty.
Old gray Decembers

stealing on wolf's feet
into his darkened room.

It seems to me he's
worn the same old coat

for many months, now.

Eh, that is nothing
strange in this world.

You need not pity
him overmuch.

He lives his life,
his own life his own way,

thought, word and deed free.

My Lord Duke.

Oh, yes, I know.
I have all. He has nothing.

Nevertheless, today,
I should be proud to shake his hand.

Ah, well, adieu.

Will I ever see you again?

Come whenever you like.

Then, you have forgiven me.

I am here.

Do you know?
When a man wins

everything in this world,
when he succeeds too much,

he feels, somehow,
a thousand small displeasures

with himself, whose whole sum
is not quite remorse

but rather a sort of vague
disgust, dry illusions, pained regrets.

Yes, now and then,
I envy your Cyrano.

The sentiment
does you honor.

Madame, I must tell you,
it is true that no one has yet

dared to attack
your friend Cyrano.

Nevertheless, at the theater
last night, I heard some things.

Keep him at home all you can.

Tomorrow when you see him,
tell him to be careful.

I thank you.

Good night, Ragueneau.

Cyrano, you not leaving?

You will not have
dinner here with me?

My regrets. I have a magnificent

roast waiting for me, a rare wine,
a gift from my publisher.

Fine, to be sure.

Uh, have you seen
Moliere's new play?


Heh, ah, well...

What is it?

Well, he...


He stole a scene
from you, word for word.

You know, "What the devil
was he doing there?"

That one.

He stole it, bodily.

Well, he showed
good taste.

It, uh, played well?

Oh, beautifully. They
laughed and laughed.

Oh, how they laughed.

Moliere has genius.

Christian had good looks.

With me, it was
always thus.

Good night, my friend.

Hold, there.


Are you addressing me?

Yes, you, Monsieur
of the long nose.


- Foulmouthed scribbler.
- What?

- Lair, plagiarist!
- Liar.


Why pretend?

It is very grave.

Keep him quiet
at all costs.

If he attempts
to rise, he will die.


Thank you.


Ah, Sister.

What is the matter
with you?

Shall I tell you
something, Sister?

Yesterday, Friday, mind you,
I ate meat again.

Yes, I know.

That is why you
are so pale.

Please come to me
to the refectory before you go.

I'll make you a great
bowl of hot soup.

Of course, of course.

You're quite reasonable today.

Perhaps you'll convert me.

Oh, no! Not for the world.

Why, now I think of it,
that is so.

You, bursting with holiness,
and yet you never preach.


And now I shall astonish you.

I'm going to let you
pray for me tonight, at Vespers.

Absolutely struck dumb, eh?

I did not wait for you
to say I might.

Now may the devil admire
me if never hope to see

the end of that embroidery.

After 14 years,
late for the first time.

Yes, maddening.

I was detained by
a visitor. Most unexpected.

An old friend of mine.

At least a very
old acquaintance.

Did you tell him
to go away?

For the time being, yes.

I said excuse me,
I see that it's Saturday,

I have a previous

One I cannot miss.

Even for you.

Come back an hour from now.

Your friend will have to wait.
I shall not let you go till dark.

Perhaps a little before dark,
I must go.

Oh, then tell me now
the court news. My Gazette.

Ah, yes, well, let me see.

Saturday, 19th, the King
fell ill after eight helpings of

grape marmalade.

Grape marmalade will
no longer be served at court.

Sunday, the royal pulse
is now normal.

Monday, everyone was
talking about the success

of Moliere's new play.

Tuesday, the King fell ill
after six helpings of marone glacee.

Marone glacee will no
longer be served at court.

Wednesday, the Compte de Firske
spoke to Madame de Monte Glas.


Thursday... Nothing.

Friday, Madame de Monte Glas
said yes.

Saturday, 25th...


What is it?

- Oh, no, no, it is nothing.
- What?

The old wound at Arras

- My poor friend.
- No, no, no, it is nothing.

It will soon be gone.

There. 'Tis gone.

We all have
our old wounds.

I have mine here,
under this faded scrap of writing.

It's hard to read now.

All for the blots
and tears.

His letter?

Did you not promise me,
that someday you would let me read it?

- This letter? You wish...?
- I do wish

Open it and read.

"Farewell, Roxane,
because today I die."


"I know that it will be today,
my own dearly beloved.

"Yet, my heart still so heavy
with love I have not told.

"And I shall die without telling you.

"No more shall my eyes
drink the sight of you like wine,

"never more with a look
that is a kiss,

"follow the sweet
grace of you."

How you read it.
His letter.

"I remember now the way you have

"of pushing back a lock of hair
with one hand from your forehead,

- "and my heart cries out..."
- His letter!

"cries out and keeps crying."

- You read it so...
- "Farewell, my dear, my dearest,"

- In a voice...
- "my own heart's own,"

- "my own treasure," - In
such a voice! - ""

Yes, I remember hearing long ago.

"I am never away from you.
Even now I shall not leave you.

"In another world, I shall
still be that one who loves you,

"loves you beyond measure,

But, how can you read it now?

And all those 14 years
he has been the old friend

who came to me to be amusing.

- Roxane.
- It was you.

No, no, Roxane, no.

And I might have know it every time
that I heard you speak my name.

- No, it was not I. -
It was you! - I swear.

- The letters. That was you.
- No.

- And the dear foolish words. That was you.
- No.

- And the voice in the dark. That was you.
- On my honor!

And the soul.
It was all you.

I never loved you.

Yes, you loved me.

Even now you love me.


And twice you're great to know.

Oh, no, no, my own dear love,
I love you not.

Why were you silent
for so many years?

All the while.

Every night, and every day,
he gave me nothing.

You knew that.

You knew in that letter
lying on my breast.

Your tears.

You knew they
were your tears.

The blood was his.


Here! He's here.

Oh, what recklessness.


I knew it!

- Madame he has killed himself coming here.
- No. Shh.

That drink is, what is it?

Nothing. I did not
finish my Gazette.

Saturday, 26th, an hour
or so before dinner

Ms. de Bergerac died,
foully murdered.

Cyrano, what have
they done to you?

How fate loves a jest.

Behold me ambushed,
taken unawares.

My noble foe, a lackey.
My battlefield, a gutter.

It seems too logical.

They have missed everything,

even my death.

Sisters! Sisters!

No, do not go away.
I may not be here when you return.

You shall not die.

I love you.

No, my lady,
it's not in the story.

When beauty said
I love you to the beast

all his ugliness changed
and dissolved, like magic.

But, you see,
I am still the same.

And I have
done this to you.

You? Why no.

All my fault, mine!

On the contrary.

I have never know womanhood
in its sweetness, but for you.

My mother did not
like to look at me.

I never had a sister.

Later, I feared those sweethearts
with mockery behind her smile.

But, because of you,
I have had across my life

one whispering, silken gown.

I never loved but
one man in my life.

I have lost him, twice.

I would not have you mourning
any less that good, noble Christian.

But, perhaps, I ask only this,

when the great cold
gathers around my bones,

you may give a double
meaning to your widow's weeds.

The tears you let fall for him,
may for a little, be my tears.

Oh, my love!

No, not here.
Not lying down.

Let no one help me.
No one need help me.

It is coming.

I feel already shod with marble.

Gloved with lead.

Very well,
let the old fellow come now.

He shall find me
on my feet.

Sword in hand.


He'd delirious.

I see him now.

He grins.

He is looking at my nose!

That skeleton.

You there.

Who are you?

A hundred against one, eh?

I know them now,
my ancient enemies.

Falsehood, there!

There, Predujice!

Compromise, Cowardice.

What's that?
Surrender? No, never!


Ah, you too, Vanity.

I knew you would
overthrow me in the end.

No, I fight, I fight on,
I fight...ow!

All my laurels
you have riven away.

And my roses.

Yet, in spite of you,
there is one crown

I made away with me.

And tonight when I
enter before God,

my salute shall sweep away
the stars from the blue threshold.

One thing without stain,
unspotted from the world,

in spite of doom, mine own,
...and that is...