Christian-Jaque

Fanfan la Tulipe

Fanfan la Tulipe

Legendary French star Gérard Philipe swashbuckled his way into film history as the peasant soldier Fanfan in Christian-Jaque’s devil-may-care romantic action-comedy. In eighteenth-century France, Fanfan joins King Louis XV’s army to avoid a forced marriage to a local lass and gets himself into close scrapes and tight squeezes with Gina Lollobrigida’s impostor fortune-teller, Adeline, on his way to fighting in the Seven Years’ War. Filled to the brim with dazzling stunts and randy innuendo, Fanfan la Tulipe, which won the best director prize at Cannes and was a smash hit upon its initial release, remains one of France’s all-time most beloved films.

Film Info

  • Christian-Jaque
  • France
  • 1952
  • 99 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #451

Special Features

  • Restored digital transfer
  • New video program about actor Gérard Philipe
  • A clip from the colorized version of the film
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Kenneth Turan

New cover by Zachary Baldus

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Special Features

  • Restored digital transfer
  • New video program about actor Gérard Philipe
  • A clip from the colorized version of the film
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Kenneth Turan

New cover by Zachary Baldus

Fanfan la Tulipe
Cast
Gérard Philipe
Fanfan
Gina Lollobrigida
Adeline
Marcel Herrand
Louis XV
Olivier Hussenot
Tranche-Montagne
Henri Rollan
Marshall d’Estrées
Nerio Bernardi
La Franchise
Jean Marc Tennberg
Lebel
Geneviéve Page
Madame de Pompadour
Sylvie Pelayo
Princess Henriette
Credits
Director
Christian-Jaque
Executive producers
Francis Cosne
Executive producers
Georges Danciger
Producer
Alexandre Mnouchkine
Music
Maurice Thiriet
Music
Georges van Parys
Assistant director
Raymond Villette
Editing
Jacques Desagneause
Costumes
Marcel Escoffier
Sets
Robert Gys
Cinematography
Christian Matras
Dialogue
Henri Jeanson
Adaptation by
Christian-Jaque
Adaptation by
Henri Jeanson
Adaptation by
René Wheeler
Screenplay
René Wheeler
Screenplay
René Fallet

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On Film / In Theaters
Nov 23, 2017
Fanfan la Tulipe: En Garde!

To see the gorgeous Fanfan la Tulipe is to go back in time twice over: to the film’s eighteenth-century French setting and to the international cinema world of more than fifty years ago, when this genial action farce was initially released.  

By Kenneth Turan


Nov 3, 2008