Cyrano De Bergerac

Steve Martin in the movie Roxanne

Steve Martin in the movie Roxanne

As a class we will watch the exciting film Cyrano De Begerac and do an analyis of the themes found in the movie.  These themes relate to your life today as well.

Analyzing The Film

As you watch the film look for examples of the statements below.  Be sure to write down examples as you see them in the film.

  • Integrity and bravery can be observed from several perspectives.
  • Both inner and outer beauty need to be acknowledged and recognized for their relative merits.
  • One’s self-image can dramatically impact one’s choices.

We will discuss as a class the above and build a running list of examples that we come across.  Here is that running list.

Two-Voice Poems

After watching the film we will create a two-voice poem that “interacts” with ONE of these questions:

  • Does one’s values influence decisions made?
  • Can low self-esteem and self-doubt impact your success?
  • Is it ever okay to hold back the truth for someone else’s good?

The two-voice poem will take any two characters from the movie and extend it.  Sort of like writing a sequel to the film.  The poem will be written in pairs with each student taking on the role of one voice.

Two-Voice Poem Requirements:

  • Poem needs to be at least 20 lines or more
  • You will need to record the poem and upload it to your blog.  Feel free to use Garageband to add musical and/or other elements.  However, this is NOT required; just an option to enhance what you wrote.

Sample Two-Voice Poem

Insults:

The movie is loaded with poetic insults.  Nothing pleases a MS student more than the chance to be insulting, so we are going to write some of our own and share them with the class.  Take a look at the example below from the movie Roxanne and then write up some insults of your own.

Roxanne – from ConcordiaMedia

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Character List

Cyrano de Bergerac –  A poet, swordsman, scientist, playwright, musician, and member of the Cadets of Gascoyne, a company of guards from Southern France. For all his prodigious talents, Cyrano is unattractive, cursed with a ridiculously long nose that makes him insecure and keeps him from revealing his love for his cousin Roxane.

Roxane –  Cyrano’s cousin, a beautiful and intellectual heiress. She has a soft spot for romance and a love for poetry and wit.

Baron Christian de Neuvillette –  Perhaps the opposite of Cyrano, Christian a handsome but simple young nobleman who lacks wit and intelligence. New to Paris and to the cadets, he falls in love with Roxane and joins Cyrano’s company of cadets early in the play. His good looks are matched only by Roxane’s.

Comte de Guiche –  A powerful, married nobleman in love with Roxane and not fond of Cyrano. Deceitful and always angry, he attempts several times to have Cyrano killed, once by a hundred men.
Ragueneau –  Cyrano’s friend, a pastry chef with a deep love for poetry. Ragueneau gives away pastries in return for poems, and, therefore, innumerable poets visit him frequently. He reflects the theme that poetry is food for the soul, and underlines the division between the physical and spiritual aspects of the world. After his business fails, he becomes Roxane’s porter.
Le Bret –  Cyrano’s friend and closest confidant. He is a fellow soldier and guardsman. Le Bret worries that Cyrano’s principles will ruin his career, but Cyrano ignores Le Bret’s concerns.
Ligniere –  Christian’s friend, a satirist and drunkard with many powerful enemies. Cyrano protects him from the hundred men hired by de Guiche to ambush him.
The duenna –  Roxane’s companion and chaperone,who tries to keep Roxane out of trouble. She is a character reminiscent of Juliet’s nurse in Romeo and Juliet.
Vicomte de Valvert –  An insolent young nobleman lauded by de Guiche as a possible husband for Roxane, a scheme that would give de Guiche access to Roxane. After he insults Cyrano’s nose, he is defeated in an ensuing duel.
Montfleury –  A fat, untalented actor whom Cyrano bans from the stage.
Carbon de Castel-Jaloux –  Cyrano’s friend and the captain of his company. He is a strong-willed and successful leader.
Bellerose –  The man in charge of the theater at the Hotel de Bourgogne.
Lise –  Ragueneau’s sharp-tongued wife. She does not approve of her husband’s patronage of the local poets. An altogether unhappy woman, she leaves Ragueneau for a musketeer after Act II.
Capuchin –  A modest and well-meaning monk. De Guiche employs him to carry a message to Roxane. He is diverted at first by Cyrano when they are outside Roxane’s residence. He later presides over Roxane and Christian’s hasty wedding.
Mother Marguerite de Jesus, Sister Claire, Sister Marthe –  Nuns of Roxane’s convent. They are compassionate women who admire and respect Cyrano and therefore allow him to visit whenever he wishes.
Cardinal Richelieu –  Not a character, but a historical figure referenced in the play as de Guiche’s uncle. Perhaps the most powerful man in France, he is a skilled political manipulator whose authority rivals and probably exceeds that of the king.

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