Fanfan La Tulipe (Fan-Fan the Tulip)
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Fanfan La Tulipe (Fan-Fan the Tulip)
Pauline Kael once characterized the French adventure film Fanfan the Tulip as a "Louis XV western". This is a pretty broad interpretation, though it is true that the film never stops moving--an excellent method of sustaining audience attention and plugging up the plot holes. Gerard Philipe plays Fanfan, a handsome, athletic and self-impressed young peasant soldier. Fanfan is as adept in the boudoir as on the battlefield; it has been prophesied that he will wed the king's daughter, thus he wants to get as much practice as possible. Fanfan's many conquests include Gina… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You get a sense not only of Philipe's professional training, which clearly honed his skills in choreography and movement, but also of his natural charms. That the actor performs so effortlessly, so casually, is the real magic here."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Christian-Jaque gets a bouquet for his effort, even though it's just this side of being complete."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Even though the film moves at a snappy pace, its story still doesn't move fast enough."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Starring the go-to couple of Gérard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida, it features duels, chases and low-cut costumes, all in glorious black and white."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Cahiers-savvy cinephiles will recognize Fanfan as the type of handsome prestige production that the French New Wave overthrew in the early '60s, but this example of the 'cinéma de qualité' is hardly a musty artifact."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"Tiresomely tireless escapade."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Enjoyable but undeniably creaky; what played as glorious period tomfoolery to European festival juries and discerning U S audiences in the early 1950s now just seems quaintly pleased with itself."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"[A] delightfully funny sendup of swashbuckler movies..."
‑ , Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"...a perfectly jolly swashbuckler...if a bit dated."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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