Cyrano and d'Artagnan

Cyrano and d'Artagnan (French: Cyrano et d'Artagnan) is a 1964 French adventure film directed by Abel Gance, starring José Ferrer and Jean-Pierre Cassel. It is set in 1642 and tells the story of how the poet and duelist Cyrano de Bergerac teams up with the musketeer d'Artagnan in order to stop a plot against king Louis XIII. The film draws from Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac and Alexandre Dumas' d'Artagnan Romances.[1] Ferrer repeated his role from the 1950 film Cyrano de Bergerac. Cyrano and d'Artagnan had 651,213 admissions in France.[2]

Cyrano and d'Artagnan
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAbel Gance
Produced byArmand Becué
Screenplay byAbel Gance
Music byMichel Magne
CinematographyRaymond Picon-Borel
Edited byEraldo Da Roma
Abel Gance
Nelly Kaplan
Release date
  • 25 September 1964 (1964-09-25) (NYFF)
  • 22 October 1964 (1964-10-22)
Running time
145 minutes



Eugene Archer of The New York Times reviewed the film: "Judging strictly by the title, Cyrano and D'Artagnan does not sound a bit more promising than Samson Meets Hercules. Strange to say, despite the auspices of the New York Film Festival and the reputation of the 75-year-old director, Abel Gance, there is really not much difference between the Cyrano epic and the kind of dubbed Italian spectacle usually inflicted on us by Joseph E. Levine." The critic continued: "José Ferrer, repeating his Oscar-winning Cyrano role 14 years later, gives a flat and clumsy performance, while Jean-Pierre Cassel's D'Artagnan is swaggering and singularly lacking in charm. ... Let it be said for the director, known mainly for a silent triple-screen Napoleon in the nineteen-twenties, that he displays a nice eye for color. Otherwise, his handling of a routine commercial assignment is just that—routine."[3]


  1. "Cyrano et d'Artagnan". (in French). Cinémathèque Française. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  2. "Cyrano et d'Artagnan". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  3. Archer, Eugene (1964-09-26). "Cyrano et d Artagnan (1962): A Swashbuckler". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
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