Fanfan la Tulipe

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Fanfan la Tulipe
Original 1952 Film Poster
Directed by Christian-Jaque
Produced by Francis Cosne
Georges Dancigers
Alexandre Mnouchkine
Written by René Wheeler
René Fallet
Henri Jeanson
René Wheeler
Henri Jeanson
Starring Gérard Philipe
Gina Lollobrigida
Music by Maurice Thiriet
Georges Van Parys
Cinematography Christian Matras
Edited by Jacques Desagneaux
Distributed by Filmsonor
Release dates
21 March 1952
Running time
102 minutes
Country France
Language French

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.

Plot summary[edit]

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.



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.[1]


  • 1952 Cannes Film Festival – Grand Prize of the Festival


  1. ^ René Chateau Vidéo (France), 2000.
  2. ^ "2nd Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Fanfan la Tulipe". Retrieved 2009-01-17. 

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