A new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic play Cyrano De Bergerac hits theaters this week, starring Peter Dinklage in the lead role and a number of original songs written for production by The National.
Besides the performances and the music, one of the most immediately striking things about Cyrano is the stunning locations that were used to bring the film to life – from marvelous theaters to incredible mountains.
So we’ve gathered all the information you need about these places below, including exclusive quotes from star Haley Bennett.
Read on for everything you need to know about Cyrano locations.
Where was Cyrano filmed?
The film was shot entirely on location in the Sicilian town of Noto – which production designer Sarah Greenwood accidentally stumbled upon while working on another film.
“I was in Sicily looking for another job and we went to Noto for its cannoli, which was recommended,” she reportedly said in the film’s production notes. “The cannoli were wonderful, and here is this amazing baroque place.
“In Noto, when the sun goes down, you have this absolutely gorgeous pink hue. It’s as if you were in an imaginary city, but it’s very real.
“We all fell in love with Sicily and its rawness, its splendour,” added decorator Katie Spencer. “Because of the global pandemic, the streets emptied out and I felt like I was in the Italy of years ago.”
So, with Noto decided, it was time to find the right places in the city – with unit production manager Guido Cerasuolo explaining that director Joe Wright had tasked the team with finding “extraordinary places that offered something “.
“Within a week, we had found maybe 90 percent of the locations you’ll see in the movie,” Cerasuolo said. “The people of Noto and its mayor gave us all the flexibility we needed.”
Among the locations selected was the 18th-century Palazzo Castelluccio, which was restored by its current owner, filmmaker Jean-Louis Remilleux, and which Cerasuolo said offered “the right combination of house and palace”.
Meanwhile, although Noto also had an 18th century theatre, Wright decided not to film here as he thought it “seemed too constraining” and so a new theater set was built which also made the things more manageable in terms of following pandemic guidelines.
And it ended up being actor Roxanne Haley Bennett’s favorite setting in the entire movie. “I love the theater they built,” she told RadioTimes.com in an exclusive interview. “It was built for practical reasons because we were filming in the middle of the pandemic and it was the stage that had the most extras. So Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer built this incredible baroque theater outdoors, so there was lots of ventilation and that we wouldn’t all be squashed and cramped.”
Speaking of locations more generally, she added, “To be able to shoot in these incredible locations that haven’t changed for centuries is amazing. You really get the atmosphere, romance and beauty of this Baroque town of Noto. It really allowed us to dive into that kind of time, and the magic of it all.”
Other landmarks to feature in the film include the nearly 300-year-old San Francesco Cathedral and Castello Maniace, the iconic fort in nearby Syracuse that served as a garrison where soldiers of the King’s Guard lay down and train.
And of course, the climactic war sequence is shot on Mount Etna – which caused some problems when terrible rain and snow forced the set to be moved further down the slope.
“We had such torrential rain that we had to move the unit to our weather protection location, which was in the valley,” explained producer Guy Heeley. “Then it froze so badly – with a wind chill of minus 15 degrees – that we couldn’t access the road, so we had to bring in special trucks to get the unit out. The sets were washed away, the sets were covered in snow!”