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Fanfan la Tulipe (1953)

Fanfan la Tulipe (1953)



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Movie Info

In this film, 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.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy
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Gina Lollobrigida
as Adeline La Franchise
Marcel Herrand
as Louis XV
Gérard Philipe
as Fanfan the Tulip
Jean Parédès
as Capt. La Houlette
Geneviève Page
as La Pompadour
Hiram Sherman
as English Commentary
Sylvie Pelayo
as Henriette de France
Georgette Anys
as Madame Tranche-Montagne
Noël Roquevert
as Fier-a-Bras
Oliver Hussenot
as Tranche-Montagne
Henri Rollan
as Marechal d'Estrees
Nerio Bernardi
as Sgt. La Franchise
Jean Debucourt
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Fanfan la Tulipe

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

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

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


A really fun movie. The dialog is hilarious, the fight scenes are clever, plus there's some really amazing cinematography. So many modern action/romances have tried really hard to capture the feel of classics like this. Also, I don't think The Princess Bride would have existed without this film so thanks Fanfan! (Be warned, there is also a modern remake of Fanfan by the same name. Stay away!)

Marcus Hambright
Marcus Hambright

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

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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