Fanfan La Tulipe (1952)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Italy/France, 1952.  Amato Produzione, Filmsonor, Les Films Ariane, Rizzoli Editore.  Original scenario by , , Adaptation by Christian-Jaque, , Rene Wheeler, dialogue by Henri Jeanson.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Gerard Philipe is sensational in this wonderful swashbuckler, reminiscent of the thrilling Errol Flynn adventures of the 1930s and 40s. He plays the title hero, a roué who joins Louis XV’s army to avoid marrying a peasant girl whose father caught them fumbling in a haystack.  A sexpot gypsy (Gina Lollobrigida in the role that made her a star) tells him that his fortune includes a glorious career as a soldier and the hand of a princess, but Fanfan realizes after he’s signed his military contract that she’s actually the sergeant’s daughter and tells all future recruits this tale. Still, he’s convinced that his destiny is a good one, and makes his way to the boudoir of the princess only to be put in prison by the King for his boldness. Lots of swords being swung in this witty adventure, plus rich dialogue and beautiful period detail.

The Criterion Collection:  #451

Berlin Film Festival Award: Silver Bear

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Director (Christian-Jaque)

One Comment Add yours

  1. I saw it when it came out. I was seven. I loved it

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