Fanfan la Tulipe
|Fanfan la Tulipe|
Original 1952 Film Poster
|Produced by||Francis Cosne
|Written by||René Wheeler
|Music by||Maurice Thiriet
Georges Van Parys
|Edited by||Jacques Desagneaux|
|Release date(s)||21 March 1952|
|Running time||102 minutes|
Fanfan la Tulipe is a 1952 French comedy adventure film directed by Christian-Jaque. It has also been categorized under swashbuckler films. The film starred Gérard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida. The film was remade in 2003 with Penélope Cruz in Lollobrigida's role.
The film is set in France during the Seven Years' War. As the film begins, Fanfan (Gérard Philipe) is a charming, attractive young man who is trying to escape a shotgun marriage. At this vulnerable point in his life, he is approached by the daughter of a recruiting officer, Adeline (played by Gina Lollobrigida), who tells him that if he joins the army, he will find fame, fortune, and will marry the king's daughter. Accordingly he joins the army, only to discover that she made the whole thing up in order for her father to get a recruiting bonus. Nevertheless, encouraged by a series of improbable circumstances, he accepts her prediction as his destiny. A series of events ensues which shows off to great advantage his athleticism and leadership ability. As the film progresses, we become aware of a developing attraction between himself and Adeline which however conflicts with his perceived “destiny” of marrying a king's daughter.
- Gérard Philipe as Fanfan La Tulipe
- Gina Lollobrigida as Adeline La Franchise
- Marcel Herrand as Louis XV
- Olivier Hussenot as Tranche-Montagne
- Henri Rollan as Le maréchal d'Estrée
- Nerio Bernardi as La Franchise
- Jean-Marc Tennberg as Lebel
- Geneviève Page as La marquise de Pompadour
- Sylvie Pelayo as Henriette de France
- Lolita De Silva as La dame d'honneur
- Irène Young as Marion
- Georgette Anys as Madame Tranche-Montagne
- Hennery as Guillot
- Lucien Callamand as Le maréchal de Brandebourg
The film was photographed in black-and-white by Christian Matras. A colorized version was created (supervised by Sophie Juin for Les Films Ariane) and issued in 2000 on DVD in Europe alongside the original version.
- 1952 Berlin International Film Festival – Silver Berlin Bear
- 1952 Cannes Film Festival – Best Director
- 1952 Cannes Film Festival – Grand Prize of the Festival
- René Chateau Vidéo (France), 2000.
- "2nd Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- "Festival de Cannes: Fanfan la Tulipe". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
- Fanfan la Tulipe at the Internet Movie Database
- Fanfan la Tulipe at AllMovie
- Bosley Crowther NY Times Review, 5 May 1953
- TimeOut New York review
- Village Voice Review