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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
Good film deserving of a good DVD release, 2 November 2006
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
French version of the Zorro legend set during the period just prior to the French Revolution plays like Zorro the Gay Blade at times. Its an amusing romp with Alain Delon in the heroic lead (Delon would take up the mantle of Zorro a decade later and sleep walk his way through the role). Its the typical stuff with the "bandit" hailed as hero while the ruling class hates his guts. Filled with funny remarks and great action this is a film to search out, or would be if there were any decent copies floating around. The only way it seems to see this is on really bad low budget videotapes, which is a shame since its better than most swashbuckling romps that have appeared over the years.
16 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
If you could just watch a sword-fight movie -, 14 September 2003
Author: Artemis-9 from Portugal
I would advise you to try this, despite the respect I have for
another's reviewer opinion. I don't know if my viewing of an original,
French spoken version on the big screen may have lost in incredibly
funny innuendo, great colours, beautiful cinematography - if they are
reduced to a poor VHS copy, possibly carelessly dubbed into a foreign
At least the acting by Alain Delon, and his equal, Virna Lisi, are still outstanding, as the continuous, imaginative action scenes. The two principals prove to be fine swords, against each other, and a number of enemies, and police rascals.
The Black Tulip is a Zorro type avenger, but a character more rich than its American counterpart. Without giving the plot away, I may add that American viewers will be both thrilled, and surprised, how a French action films' director is able to mix comedy, and drama so well.
Besides getting one of the film's DVD editions, people should be aware that a copy of the French version exists (possibly uncut) at the Alliance Française Médiathèque, a French cultural institution, and that they allow people to see the film there, and even borrow it! Ask for conditions at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for their film PAL #161... Ah, next time I'll go to France!...
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
French/Spanish co-production starred by a Zorro-alike , Alain Delon , against nasty Adolfo Marsillach, 29 June 2012
In this first ¨Tulipe Noire¨ starred by Alain Delon took a chance and
jumped from Film Noir , action genre to costumed comedy-adventures ; he
steals the show as a masked hero relishing his secret identity on his
horse called Voltaire and in cape and wielding sword ; executing bounds
and leaps , twists and climbs and throughly enjoys himself . In 1789,
at the beginning of French Revolution , an outlaw named "Black Tulip"
held the surroundings of a town called Roussillon in fear . The
inimitable Alain Delon in a double role as Julien De Saint
Preux/Guillaume De Saint Preux, as he dons a black outfit and becomes
the Black Tulip , the legendary masked , hero of oppressed who declares
himself a revolutioner . Black Tulip riding in the hoof-prints, enjoys
his hidden activity in black cape and wielding blade and helps the good
people who are mistreated ,thwarting the ambitious plans of the meanie
official , as the poor people respect him like a new Robin Hood . When
he contends Baron Mouche (Adolfo Marsillach) , he was wounded , but
then appears his twin brother . Meanwhile , he falls in love with
gorgeous Caroline (Virna Lisi) . He battles against Marquis of Vigogne
(Akim Tamiroff) , baron La Mouche and Prince of Grasillach (Robert
Manuel) . Black Tulip's helped by a servant named Brignon (Jose Jaspe)
and unites forces to Plantin (Francis Blanche), his beautiful daughter
and revolutionaries .
Derring-do , feats, adventures, humor and action find this agreeable swashbuckler . Alain Delon runs and jumps, bounds and leaps all over the images and Adolfo Marsillach overacting outrageously when plays the villain Baron . Black Tulip-Delon splendidly fights evildoers and greed oppressors , while saving his brother an the damsel in distress . Delon made the character of Zorro his own and quickly established himself as a French legend ; starring years later , a similar film titled ¨Zorro¨ by Duccio Tessari . Delon is terrific as the Black Tulip , well accompanied by ideal heroine , a pretty Virna Lisi . Nice cast keeps the picture moving at a rapid clip , special mention for Adolfo Marsillach as a grumpy and bungler baron in a sensationalistic and exaggerated performance . Being a French-Spanish co-production appears several secondary actors seen in usual genres of the 60s as Jose Jaspe , Alvaro De Luna, Jorge Rigaud , Enrique Avila , Perla Cristal and Laura Valenzuela , wife of film producer , Jose Luis Dibildos . The film is set during French Revolution , though was filmed in Spain, Sevilla Films, Madrid, (studio) and Trujillo, Cáceres, Extremadura ; displaying a colorful cinematography by Henry Decae . Lively and jolly musical score with rousing leitmotif by Gerard Calvi .
The motion picture was well-mounted and fast paced by Christian Jacque, an expert on adventures and historic genre as proved in ¨Fanfan¨, ¨Lady Hamilton¨ , ¨Madame Sans Gene¨ , ¨Madame Du Barry¨ , ¨Lucrece Borgia¨, among others . Ratinh : 6,5 . Worthwhile watching .
6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Somehow Entertaining, 29 September 2006
Author: ragosaal from Argentina
Just for cape and sword adventure fans, "The Black Tulip" is the French
version of Zorro. Very much alike. There's Alain Delon in the main role
for the ladies and he is not bad. You'll also find Virna Lisi in one of
her early works rendering an acceptable work too. But if it comes to
acting, veteran Akim Tamiroff is the clear winner in a supporting role
as a villain noble. Photography and shooting on location in real
palaces and old European cities add to the movie and a sort of sticky
tune helps too.
But what "The Black Tulip" really lacks is the sense of passion and real heroism American classics of the genre usually transmit, this being really odd since most of them are usually located in Europe including France. I think the director didn't make up his mind whether this would be a serious swashbuckler with a touch of humor or a comedy with a touch of serious adventure. So it didn't work neither way.
Nonetheless the film is entertaining and worth a watch.
5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Henri Jeanson's lines...., 16 February 2005
....,even when he's not at his best are always better than the
rest.Although it's a swashbuckler,an action-packed story ,it's the kind
of movie which loses much of its strength when watched dubbed .Released
at the end of the swashbucklers era ,whose hero was most of the time
Jean Marais ,"la tulipe noire" is more tongue in cheek,more
picaresque,more libertine,closer to "Tom Jones " than "le bossu" or "le
miracle des loups" .Christian-Jacques and Henri Jeanson wanted to match
the scale and quality (and commercial success and critical acclaim) of
their earlier and better "Fanfan la tulipe" (1951).In both works ,they
take liberties with history and it's much fun:in "la tulipe noire" the
characters know a priori that the 14th of July will be an important
date ,they talk about revolution before the storming of the
Bastille;and in the last pictures ,they say people will remember the
19th (!) of July.The villain (the evil prince who comes with his army
to kill all the Parisians) about to be executed by the rebels says "I
will remember my death all my life".
Alain Delon plays two parts ,twins ,and he's well cast as the dazzling heroes ,even if Jeanson deflates them a bit.Henri Decae' s cinematography is as splendid as ever.However the plot is sometimes confused and Philippe De Broca's "Cartouche" starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and released at the same time,is more rewarding .
NB:it has nothing to do with Alexandre Dumas's novel,which took place in Holland where the hero was trying to create a ...black tulip.
3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
THE BLACK TULIP (Christian-Jaque, 1964) **1/2, 21 December 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (email@example.com) from Naxxar, Malta
A lesser-known literary creation of Alexandre Dumas Snr. was this
Zorro-type masked avenger at the time of the French Revolution who,
unlike the contemporaneous The Scarlet Pimpernel, was on the side of
the Revolutionaries despite being truly an aristocrat himself! I've
never read the source novel myself but, in any case, I'm familiar with
the character via a fondly-remembered Japanese animated series that I
used to watch on Italian TV as a kid (where the titular hero was
actually a girl!). Having said that, it seems that much of the
narrative has also been changed for this handsomely-mounted, energetic
but disappointingly bland cinematic adaptation.
Alain Delon who, ironically, would go on to portray Zorro himself in an equally medium-grade Italian production in 1975 plays a dual role here as the jaded aristocrat who dons the black costume and as his naïve, younger brother who is forced to keep up the ruse when the latter is facially scarred during a swordfight with his nemesis (Adolfo Marsillach). No self-respecting swashbuckling hero goes by without a gushing female pining for him and, appropriately enough, we get two here in Virna Lisi and Dawn Addams one for each Delon persona! The fomer ditches her own imminent marriage when she meets cute with the shier Delon and the latter gets it on with the older Delon practically in front of her ageing aristocrat husband, Akim Tamiroff.
2 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Soggy and uninspired mess, 14 June 2002
Author: lorenellroy from United Kingdom
It is always a tad unfair to judge movies in a dubbed version especially
is the case here,when the dubbing is perfunctory and careless.Actors
are among the key elements of their personality and replacing them with an
anonymous voiceover artist is tantamount to a form of castration.,not to
mention the loss of credibility arising from poor lip synchronization.
The movie needs all the help it can get anyway being a pretty feeble affair.The Black Tulip is a Zorro like figure,with a penchant for black garb and mask who sides with the peasantry in the French Revolution by holding up aristocrats and disbursing the proceeds to the downtrodden-a reverse Scarlet Pimpernel,whose sentiments,rightly ,were pro establishment.When scarred on his face by the Police Lieutenant General he substitutes his identical twin,an idealist,who takes to the role with some relish
Cue romantic entanglements,some woeful sword fights and a plethora of bad dubbing until we get to the finale where heroism and self sacrifice rule the day Delon is dull and lacks the balletic grace that marks out the best screen swordsmen
Minor in every way
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