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Fanfan La Tulipe (Fan-Fan the Tulip) (1953)

Fanfan La Tulipe (Fan-Fan the Tulip)


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 876


Movie Info

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 … More

Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Rene Fallet , René Wheeler
In Theaters:
Apr 3, 2003


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Critic Reviews for Fanfan La Tulipe (Fan-Fan the Tulip)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2) | DVD (2)

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.

Full Review… | October 12, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Christian-Jaque gets a bouquet for his effort, even though it's just this side of being complete.

Full Review… | July 22, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

[A] delightfully funny sendup of swashbuckler movies...

Full Review… | November 16, 2006
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Even though the film moves at a snappy pace, its story still doesn't move fast enough.

Full Review… | November 3, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Tiresomely tireless escapade.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
San Diego Union-Tribune

...a perfectly jolly swashbuckler...if a bit dated.

August 24, 2006
Los Angeles CityBeat

Audience Reviews for Fanfan La Tulipe (Fan-Fan the Tulip)


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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

The Original one was Brilliant as well the Remake with Vincent Perez.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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