WriterRene Wheeler, Rene Fallet, Christian-Jaque, Henri Jeanson, Rene Wheeler, Henri Jeanson Release date21 March 1952 Initial DVD releaseSeptember 6, 2006 (Germany) ScreenplayHenri Jeanson, Rene Fallet, Rene Wheeler CastGérard Philipe (Fanfan la Tulipe), Gina Lollobrigida (Adeline), Marcel Herrand (Louis XV), Olivier Hussenot (Tranche-Montagne), Noël Roquevert (Fier-à-Bras), Geneviève Page (La marquise de Pompadour) Similar moviesRelated Christian-Jaque movies
Fanfan la Tulipe is a 1952 French comedy adventure film directed by Christian-Jaque. It has also been categorized under swashbuckler films. The film starred Gérard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida. The film was remade in 2003 with Penélope Cruz in Lollobrigida's role.
The film is set in France during the Seven Years' War. As the film begins, Fanfan (Gérard Philipe) is a charming, attractive young man who is trying to escape a shotgun marriage. At this vulnerable point in his life, he is approached by the daughter of a recruiting officer, Adeline (played by Gina Lollobrigida), who tells him that if he joins the army, he will find fame, fortune, and will marry the king's daughter. Accordingly he joins the army, only to discover that she made the whole thing up in order for her father to get a recruiting bonus. Nevertheless, encouraged by a series of improbable circumstances, he accepts her prediction as his destiny. A series of events ensues which shows off to great advantage his athleticism and leadership ability. As the film progresses, we become aware of a developing attraction between himself and Adeline which however conflicts with his perceived "destiny" of marrying a king's daughter.
Gérard Philipe as Fanfan la Tulipe
Gina Lollobrigida as Adeline La Franchise
Marcel Herrand as Louis XV
Olivier Hussenot as Tranche-Montagne
Noël Roquevert as Fier-à-Bras
Henri Rollan as Le maréchal d'Estrées
Nerio Bernardi as La Franchise
Jean-Marc Tennberg as Lebel
Geneviève Page as La marquise de Pompadour
Sylvie Pelayo as Henriette de France
Lolita De Silva as La dame d'honneur
Irène Young as Marion
Georgette Anys as Madame Tranche-Montagne
Hennery as Guillot
Lucien Callamand as Le maréchal de Brandebourg
The film was photographed in black-and-white by Christian Matras. A colorized version was created (supervised by Sophie Juin for Les Films Ariane) and issued in 2000 on DVD in Europe alongside the original version.
1952 Berlin International Film Festival – Silver Berlin Bear
1952 Cannes Film Festival – Best Director
1952 Cannes Film Festival – Grand Prize of the Festival