French Film Series Spring 2016

MFLL Department-Florence Abad Turner at fabadtur @utk.edu

A Reflection on Beauty

“It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.”
Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

Let's explore this semester the theme of Beauty with three excellent movies. Belle de Jour, Comme une Image(Look at me) and Cyrano de Bergerac present the notion of Beauty in their own world. Too often, in the Western Hemisphere we attach too much importance to external Beauty. The movies will address the angst of being too "beautiful" or too "ugly".

Cyrano de Bergerac by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France 1990

Wednesday, April 20th, 5pm

UT, Hodges Library, Lindsey Auditorium

    Soldier and poet Cyrano de Bergerac (Gérard Depardieu) is in love with Roxane (Anne Brochet), but he's too ashamed to admit it because of his big nose. When a cadet, Christian (Vincent Perez), falls for Roxane, he asks for Cyrano's help in sharing his feelings. Cyrano writes love letters signed with Christian's name, and Roxane doesn't realize that it's Cyrano's words she falls for. She marries Christian, and Cyrano continues to keep the other man's secret, even after tragedy strikes.

    * Movie in French with English subtitles



Cyrano de Bergerac - Trailer