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Fanfan is a young handsome peasant. He joins the army to escape marriage and because a gipsy girl predicted... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gérard Philipe ... Fanfan La Tulipe (as Gérard Philipe du Théatre National Populaire)

Gina Lollobrigida ... Adeline La Franchise

Marcel Herrand ... Louis XV
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)

Geneviève Page ... La marquise de Pompadour
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
Jackie Blanchot ... Un soldat
Joé Davray ... Un soldat (as Joe Davray)

Gérard Buhr ... Un soldat
Georges Demas
Jean Parédès ... Le capitaine de la Houlette
Noël Roquevert ... La maréchal des logis Fier-à-Bras

Jean Debucourt ... La voix de l'historien (voice) (as Jean Debucourt de la Comédie Française)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry-Max ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Guy Henry ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Hiram Sherman ... Narrator (English version) (uncredited)
Françoise Spira ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Paul Violette ... Petit rôle (uncredited)

Directed by
Writing credits
René Wheeler (original scenario) &
René Fallet (original scenario)

Christian-Jaque (adaptation) &
Henri Jeanson (adaptation) &
René Wheeler (adaptation)

Henri Jeanson (dialogue)

Produced by
Francis Cosne .... executive producer
Georges Dancigers .... executive producer
Alexandre Mnouchkine .... producer
Original Music by
Maurice Thiriet 
Georges Van Parys 
Cinematography by
Christian Matras 
Film Editing by
Jacques Desagneaux 
Production Design by
Robert Gys 
Set Decoration by
Pierre Charron 
Georges Kougoucheff 
Costume Design by
Marcel Escoffier 
Makeup Department
Carmen Brel .... makeup artist
Jean Lalaurette .... wig maker
Production Management
Maurice Hartwig .... unit manager
Francis Cosne .... production manager (uncredited)
Alexandre Mnouchkine .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raymond Villette .... assistant director
Art Department
Pierre Barbet .... property master
Henri Berger .... property master
Jacques Chalvet .... assistant set decorator
Claude Foucher .... assistant set decorator
Italo Tomassi .... construction department head: scenic artists (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound re-recording mixer
Lucien Lacharmoise .... sound recordist
Guy Villette .... sound assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Bourreaud .... camera operator
Alain Douarinou .... camera operator
Yves Mirkine .... still photographer
René Touillaud .... lighting technician
Albert Viguier .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Zay .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Claude Durand .... assistant editor
Music Department
P.M. Le Conte .... orchestra director
Other crew
Simone Bourdarias .... script supervisor (as Simonne Bourdarias)
André Gardère .... fencing master (as Gardère)
Gaucherand .... jewels designer
Claire Guibert .... voice dubbing: Gina Lollobrigida (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Fanfan la Tulipe" - Italy (original title)
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102 min | Argentina:99 min | Italy:95 min
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Italian censorship visa # 12475 delivered on 31-7-1952.See more »
Anachronisms: 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Joyous French Swashbuckler!, 22 January 2012
Author: mikhail080 from the ruins beneath the Planet of the Apes

There's much to enjoy in this joyous French swashbuckler, particularly since it doesn't contain one slow moment. The action is almost nonstop, and all the performers contribute hilarious and heartfelt moments that make "FanFan la Tulipe" a delightful romp. It was a huge box office hit in France, turning both the handsome and charismatic Gérard Philipe and the beautiful and voluptuous Gina Lollobrigida into big stars.

The story is set during the reign of King Louis XV, and the character Fanfan as played by the splendid Gérard Philipe is sort of a French "Tom Jones." He's a guy who can't help but get in trouble with the ladies, and the opening scene has him escaping a "shotgun wedding" by spontaneously enlisting in the French military. Unfortunately, soon this way of life doesn't agree with Fanfan, and he winds up getting himself even deeper into trouble. Gina Lollobrigida plays the seductive daughter of the Commanding Officer of Fanfan's unit, who inspires Fanfan by making an unusual prediction for his future -- one which she later comes to regret.

The choreography of the sword battles and the other physical confrontations are top-notch, very unpredictable and absolutely hilarious. A stunt double was hardly (if ever!) used for the athletic Philipe, and it's obviously the French star doing most of the work. I heard that the actual stunt men working the movie presented him with an certificate when the shooting wrapped, which named Philipe as an honorary stuntman himself. Most of what Philipe accomplishes here has to be seen to be believed. Jumping from rooftops, dangling from trees, wild horseback chases and so much more lend a wild energy to the proceedings.

Perhaps the only downside for me at least was that "Fanfan la Tulipe" is filmed in black and white. If ever there was a film that cried out for color -- this is the one. The locales, costumes, sets and props would have been magnificent in color, I think. In fact, on the Criterion DVD that I watched, they included one sequence that had been colorized. It looked great, and although I would never suggest that every b&w film would be better with color, this one certainly would. For those unaware, the colorization process has made great advances since the 1980's, and they can now make the colors look as vibrant or as subtle as the scene dictates it should be.

The supporting cast also provides lots of enjoyment, and I'd be neglectful not to mention a few of these fine European actors. Geneviève Page is supremely beautiful, icy with an undercurrent of passion as Madame Pompadour, Olivier Hussenot is wonderful as Fanfan's loyal sidekick who's saddled with six small children and an obese peasant wife. Nerio Bernardi makes a comically despicable antagonist who meets a poetic fate eventually.

So, I'd highly recommend this to fans of Errol Flynn movies, especially since Philipe conveys some of the same boyish and naughty charm of that classic star. Director Christian-Jaque formed an adventurous and romantic comedy that has loads of charm and thrills. Swashbuckling at its best!

***** out of *****

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