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Fan-Fan the Tulip (1952)

Fanfan la Tulipe (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 4 May 1953 (USA)
Swashbuckling adventures of young army recruit Fanfan la Tulipe during the reign of King Louis XV in 18th century France.

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Fanfan La Tulipe (as Gérard Philipe du Théatre National Populaire)
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Olivier Hussenot ...
Tranche-Montagne
Henri Rollan ...
Le maréchal d'Estrée (as Henri Rollan de la Comédie Française)
Nerio Bernardi ...
La Franchise
Jean-Marc Tennberg ...
Monsieur Lebel (as Jean Marc Tennberg)
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Sylvie Pelayo ...
Henriette de France
Lolita De Silva ...
La dame d'honneur (as Lolita de Silva)
Irène Young ...
Marion
Georgette Anys ...
Madame Tranche-Montagne
Hennery ...
Guillot
Lucien Callamand ...
Le maréchal de Brandebourg
Gil Delamare ...
Un soldat
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Fanfan is a young handsome peasant. He joins the army to escape marriage and because a gipsy girl predicted he will get glory and the king's daughter as a wife. But the gipsy girl was in fact Adeline, the daughter of the recruiting officer. Once he has discovered the stratagem, Fanfan refuses to forget this dream and decides to fulfill the destiny of the fake prediction. Fantastic swashbuckling adventures in a 18th century setting, with a light criticism of the war and the mighty. Written by Yepok

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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 12475 delivered on 31-7-1952. See more »

Goofs

This is a fun film not to be taken as history, but it is supposed to be set in the Seven Years War in the 18th Century. The troops are carrying percussion cap rifles from the 1860s. See more »

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Referenced in Pearls of the Deep (1966) See more »

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Quite mad ,which is fine with me!
27 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Fanfan la tulipe" is still Gerard Philippe's most popular part and it began the swashbuckler craze which throve in the French cinema in the 1955-1965 years.It made Gina Lollobrigida a star (Lollobrigida and Philippe would team up again in René Clair"s "Belles de nuit" the same year.

"Fanfan la tulipe" is completely mad,sometimes verging on absurd .Henri Jeanson's witty lines -full of dark irony- were probably influenced by Voltaire and "Candide" .Antimilitarism often comes to the fore:"these draftees radiate joie de vivre -and joie de mourir when necessary (joy of life and joy of death)""It becomes necessary to recruit men when the casualties outnumber the survivors" "You won the battle without the thousands of deaths you had promised me, king Louis XV complains,but no matter ,let's wait for the next time."

A voice over comments the story at the beginning and at the end and history is given a rough ride:height of irony,it's a genuine historian who speaks!

Christian-Jaque directs the movie with gusto and he knows only one tempo :accelerated.

Remake in 2003 with Vincent Perez and Penelope Cruz.I have not seen it but I do not think it had to be made in the first place.


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