Fanfan la Tulipe (1953)
Fanfan la Tulipe (1953)
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Pauline Kael once characterized the French adventure film Fanfan the Tulip as a "Louis XV western". This is a pretty broad interpretation, though it is true that the film never stops moving--an excellent method of sustaining audience attention and plugging up the plot holes. Gerard Philipe plays Fanfan, a handsome, athletic and self-impressed young peasant soldier. Fanfan is as adept in the boudoir as on the battlefield; it has been prophesied that he will wed the king's daughter, thus he wants to get as much practice as possible. Fanfan's many conquests include Gina Lollobridgida and Genevieve Page, which may be why this film did so well in the States. Fanfan the Tulip is available in several shorter versions, one of which has been redubbed Soldier in Love. … More
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Critic Reviews for Fanfan la Tulipe
You get a sense not only of Philipe's professional training, which clearly honed his skills in choreography and movement, but also of his natural charms. That the actor performs so effortlessly, so casually, is the real magic here.
Starring the go-to couple of Gérard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida, it features duels, chases and low-cut costumes, all in glorious black and white.
Enjoyable but undeniably creaky; what played as glorious period tomfoolery to European festival juries and discerning U S audiences in the early 1950s now just seems quaintly pleased with itself.
Christian-Jaque gets a bouquet for his effort, even though it's just this side of being complete.
Cahiers-savvy cinephiles will recognize Fanfan as the type of handsome prestige production that the French New Wave overthrew in the early '60s, but this example of the 'cinéma de qualité' is hardly a musty artifact.
Audience Reviews for Fanfan la Tulipe
Fanfan La Tulipe is a charming adventure romance comedy infused with enjoyable sword choreography featuring a mischievous Fanfan in search of love and destiny. Playful.
The Original one was Brilliant as well the Remake with Vincent Perez.
Best swashbuckler ever? I'm not totally certain, after all the Adventures of Robin Hood, Mark of Zorro, and Sacramouche come to mind..but Fanfan La Tulipe comes close. Full of fuzzy romance, daring-do(awesome sword fights), and the charismatic performance of Gerard Philipe elevate this to the top of the swashbuckling genre.
And have I mentioned Gina Lollobrigida?! Well let me say that when you first catch sight of her in the low cut gypsy dress..well you fall in love, plain and simple, no debates, no discussions.
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