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The Black Tulip (1964)

La tulipe noire (original title)
In 1789, when the Revolution went on, a bandit named "Black Tulip" held the surroundings of village Roussillon in fear. The poor people respected him as Robin Hood, who declare himself a ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Julien de Saint Preux / Guillaume de Saint Preux
Virna Lisi ... Caroline 'Caro' Plantin
Adolfo Marsillach ... Baron La Mouche
Dawn Addams ... La marquise Catherine de Vigogne
Akim Tamiroff ... Marquis de Vigogne
Laura Valenzuela Laura Valenzuela ... Lisette
George Rigaud ... Intendant General / Chief of Police
Francis Blanche ... Plantin
José Jaspe ... Brignon
Perla Cristal
José Luis Pellicena José Luis Pellicena
Enrique Ávila ... Villager
Álvaro de Luna
Robert Manuel Robert Manuel ... Prince Alexandre de Grasillach de Morvan Lobo
Yvan Chiffre Yvan Chiffre ... (as Ivan Chiffre)


In 1789, when the Revolution went on, a bandit named "Black Tulip" held the surroundings of village Roussillon in fear. The poor people respected him as Robin Hood, who declare himself a revolutioner but Count Guillaume de Saint Preux "plays" this benefactor. When he fought with Mouche, the policeman he was wounded ... Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Release Date:

28 February 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El tulipán negro See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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The film bears no resemblance whatsoever with the novel by Alexandre Dumas entitled "The Black Tulip". See more »


Version of Das Fest der schwarzen Tulpe (1920) See more »

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French/Spanish co-production starred by a Zorro-alike , Alain Delon , against nasty Adolfo Marsillach
29 June 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

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 .

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