Fanfan la Tulipe
Fanfan la Tulipe (1953)

In this film, 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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 4, 1953
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2003
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Christian-Jaque gets a bouquet for his effort, even though it's just this side of being complete.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Even though the film moves at a snappy pace, its story still doesn't move fast enough.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jessica Winter
Village Voice

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.

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David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Tiresomely tireless escapade.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

[A] delightfully funny sendup of swashbuckler movies...

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Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...a perfectly jolly swashbuckler...if a bit dated.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
Fanfan La Tulipe is a charming adventure romance comedy infused with enjoyable sword choreography featuring a mischievous Fanfan in search of love and destiny.… More
Wahida K
The Original one was Brilliant as well the Remake with Vincent Perez.