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Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)

Original Title : Fanfan la Tulipe
Director : Christian-Jaque
Writer : Ren√© Wheeler
René Fallet
Christian-Jaque
Henri Jeanson
René Wheeler
Henri Jeanson
Genre : Adventure
Comedy
Country : Italy
Language : French + Russian
Producer : Francis Cosne , Georges Dancigers , Alexandre Mnouchkine
Music : Maurice Thiriet
Georges Van Parys
Photography : Christian Matras
Distributor : Cetera International
IMDB ID : 0044602
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poster for "Fanfan la Tulipe" by Christian-Jaque (1952)
Fanfan la Tulipe (1952) - Christian-Jaque
 

Starring

¬G√©rard Philipe Fanfan La Tulipe (as G√©rard Philipe du Th√©atre National Populaire
¬Gina Lollobrigida Adeline La Franchise
¬Marcel Herrand Louis XV
¬Olivier Hussenot Tranche-Montagne
¬Henri Rollan Le mar√©chal d'Estr√©e (as Henri Rollan de la Com√©die Fran√ßaise
¬Nerio Bernardi La Franchise
¬Jean-Marc Tennberg Lebel (as Jean Marc Tennberg
¬Genevi√®ve Page La marquise de Pompadour
¬Sylvie Pelayo Henriette de France
¬Lolita De Silva La dame d'honneur (as Lolita de Silva
¬Ir√®ne Young Marion
¬Georgette Anys Madame Tranche-Montagne
¬Hennery Guillot
¬Lucien Callamand Le mar√©chal de Brandebourg
¬Gil Delamare Un soldat
¬Jackie Blanchot Un soldat
¬Jo√© Davray Un soldat (as Joe Davray
¬G√©rard Buhr Un soldat
¬Georges Demas Le capitaine de la Houlette
¬No√ęl Roquevert Fier-√†-Bras
¬Jean Debucourt La voix de l'historien (as Jean Debucourt de la Com√©die Fran√ßaise
¬Hiram Sherman Narrator (English version
 

Plot

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.
 

Comments

Slasher Movie, 18 June 2005 Author: writers_reign from London, England The nearest I ever came to seeing this was a clip shown at a Gerard Philippe exposition in Paris about two years ago. I had no interest in the remake and having just caught up with the original just over half a century after it was made I can only conclude that the inept fencing was intentional, aimed at a long obsolete target. Hollywood had been doing realistic sword fights since the 30s when the greatest of them all, Basil Rathbone, crossed foils with Errol Flynn and others so the technique was available and so that leaves only satire. After a while you don't notice and revel in the Henri Jeanson dialogue reminiscent of the Prisoner Of Zenda, both versions. Gerard Philippe certainly had the presence to bring off a role like this and Gina Lollabrigida was probably a tad better than Martine Carol, the other obvious candidate at the time. The print I saw was particularly bad and at one point broke down completely so maybe a DVD version would enhance it.