Filmmaker Luke Matheny Turns ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ on Its Ear


So, Cyrano got snubbed by the Tonys this week, but he’ll live: Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play has fueled more than its share of reinventions — from Steve Martin’s Roxanne to a Three’s Company episode to Hideyo Amamoto’s Samurai version. One of our favorites of recent years comes in the form of Earano, a charming and hilarious short film directed by and starring Luke Matheny, in which our lead hero has not a giant proboscis but two giant ears, and longs for a beautiful librarian (Emily Young), who has eyes for a hunky Ukrainian janitor. The style is reminiscent of Wes Anderson, with a hint of David Lynch thrown in, but — this being Cyrano — it’s also quite romantic. —Bilge Ebiri