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'La Tulipe' fails to fan first-night flames

15 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CANNES -- The 56th Festival de Cannes got off to a low-key start Wednesday evening despite the promise of a major French event movie to open proceedings. Gerard Krawczyk's remake of Fanfan la Tulipe, inspired by Christian-Jaque's 1951 swashbuckler, was the first Gallic movie selected to open Cannes since Vatel in 2000. Unfortunately, the postscreening consensus around the film was barely more favorable than its ill-starred predecessor, which was roundly panned at the time. Even many French in the audience failed to appreciate the new take on the subject, with the film meeting a distinctly muted response as the credits rolled. The buildup had looked promising enough as attendees arrived at the foot of the Palais steps on a balmy Riviera evening to the heaving rhythm of Latino drums. The film's official party shunned limousines to take the short stroll from the Majestic Hotel to the Palais des Festivals. Producer Luc Besson and the movie's stars, Vincent Perez and Penelope Cruz, pushed through the crowds before climbing the famed red-carpeted steps to the auditorium. But the atmosphere in the crowd outside the Palais failed to reach the boiling point, no doubt because of the nonappearance of Cruz's boyfriend, Tom Cruise. »

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'Tulipe' blooms at Cannes

27 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARIS -- Gerard Krawczyk's 2003 version of the French classic Fanfan la Tulipe will open this year's Festival de Cannes, organizers said Wednesday. The swashbuckling 18th-century romance features young French star Vincent Perez and Spanish-born Penelope Cruz in the title roles, which were played in the 1952 version by Gerard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida. The story's title character joins the French army to escape an arranged marriage while trying to win the hand of the king's wife. The film will screen Out of Competition at the 56th edition of Cannes, which runs May 14-25. Big-budget French producer Luc Besson had a strong hand in the film, co-producing with Michel Feller, while his company, EuropaCorp, served as the production entity. »

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