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1 Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand Masterpieces of the Drama Mr. Kott

2 What will we be looking at today? French Revolution French Revolution Realism… Romanticism Realism… Romanticism Edmond Rostand &Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand &Cyrano de Bergerac Lets begin… Lets begin…

3 France during the 1800s and 1900s French Revolution French Revolution France shifts from a Monarchy to a Republican Government France shifts from a Monarchy to a Republican Government A sense of the philosophy of Realism sweeps through France and all Europe A sense of the philosophy of Realism sweeps through France and all Europe

4 Realism… Industrialization taking place across Europe, and with it came a more scientific way of looking at things Industrialization taking place across Europe, and with it came a more scientific way of looking at things Realism places an emphasis on the objective documentation of everyday life, usually working-class life, and rejects idealization or glamour. Realism places an emphasis on the objective documentation of everyday life, usually working-class life, and rejects idealization or glamour. French Realism develops into Naturalism- shares the same goals as Realism, but also stresses the governing of human life by natural laws. Naturalists argued that the theater should explain the scientific laws of human behavior. French Realism develops into Naturalism- shares the same goals as Realism, but also stresses the governing of human life by natural laws. Naturalists argued that the theater should explain the scientific laws of human behavior.

5 Romanticism Romanticism places an emphasis on idealism and heroism. Romanticism places an emphasis on idealism and heroism. A reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature A reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature Stressed strong emotions & the aesthetic experience Stressed strong emotions & the aesthetic experience

6 Edmund Rostant & Cyrano… Cyrano de Bergerac is released in 1897, and was different from mainstream French drama. Cyrano de Bergerac is released in 1897, and was different from mainstream French drama. Other dramas were very realistic and addressed social issues of the day Other dramas were very realistic and addressed social issues of the day The directors of the theatre, regretted their acceptance of Cyrano… and cut the budget. The directors of the theatre, regretted their acceptance of Cyrano… and cut the budget. Rostant pays for the costumes out of his own pocket, and attacks the set designer at dress rehersal for not coming up with the elaborate scenery. Rostant pays for the costumes out of his own pocket, and attacks the set designer at dress rehersal for not coming up with the elaborate scenery. A huge shock occurs when Cyrano becomes a SMASH! WHY? A huge shock occurs when Cyrano becomes a SMASH! WHY?

7 Cyrano… and Success Realism= Focused on modern societys darkest problems. Realism= Focused on modern societys darkest problems. Romanticism= Allowed a brief retreat from the grim realities of life Romanticism= Allowed a brief retreat from the grim realities of life However, Cyrano… also depicts aspects of the universal human condition in the larger-than-life figure who dominates the play. However, Cyrano… also depicts aspects of the universal human condition in the larger-than-life figure who dominates the play.

8 Edmund Rostand Grew up in Southern France, Marseilles Grew up in Southern France, Marseilles Born to artistic family: Father- Poet and Professor Born to artistic family: Father- Poet and Professor Uncle- Composer Studied law in Paris, under pressure from his father, however his real love was literature & he began to write plays and poems Studied law in Paris, under pressure from his father, however his real love was literature & he began to write plays and poems Some of his plays… Some of his plays… –The Princess Far Away –Cyrano de Bergerac* –The Eaglet A Focus on Napoleons son & his exile in Austria Rostand receives the Legion of Honor, an award for cultural achievement Rostand receives the Legion of Honor, an award for cultural achievement Elected to the French Academy Elected to the French Academy World War I & Rostand World War I & Rostand Died six weeks after the war ended… Died six weeks after the war ended…

9 Journal Entry… Judging by images shown on TV and in movies and advertisements, there are few things our society prizes more highly than physical beauty. In your opinion, why do we value physical beauty so highly? What relationship does it have to inner beauty? Judging by images shown on TV and in movies and advertisements, there are few things our society prizes more highly than physical beauty. In your opinion, why do we value physical beauty so highly? What relationship does it have to inner beauty?


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