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Fanfan la Tulipe (1953)

Fanfan la Tulipe (1953)

Fanfan la Tulipe



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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
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Oliver Hussenot, Henri Jeanson, Marcel Herrand, Rene Fallet, René Wheeler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2003


Gina Lollobrigida
as Adeline La Franchise
Gérard Philipe
as Fanfan the Tulip
Jean Parédès
as Capt. La Houlette
Geneviève Page
as La Pompadour
Hiram Sherman
as English Commentary
Georgette Anys
as Madame Tranche-Monta...
Noël Roquevert
as Fier-a-Bras
Oliver Hussenot
as Tranche-Montagne
Henri Rollan
as Marechal d'Estrees
Nerio Bernardi
as Sgt. La Franchise
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Critic Reviews for Fanfan la Tulipe

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

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

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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.

Lauren ORourke

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