Fanfan la Tulipe

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.

Fanfan la Tulipe
Original 1952 Film Poster
Directed byChristian-Jaque
Produced byFrancis Cosne
Georges Dancigers
Alexandre Mnouchkine
Written byRené Wheeler
René Fallet
Henri Jeanson
René Wheeler
Henri Jeanson
StarringGérard Philipe
Gina Lollobrigida
Music byMaurice Thiriet
Georges Van Parys
CinematographyChristian Matras
Edited byJacques Desagneaux
Distributed byFilmsonor
Release date
21 March 1952
Running time
102 minutes
Box office6,733,287 admissions (France)[1]

Plot summary

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.



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.[2]


  • 1952 Cannes Film Festival – Grand Prize of the Festival


  1. "Box Office Success of Gerard Philippe films". Box Office Story.
  2. René Chateau Vidéo (France), 2000.
  3. "2nd Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  4. "Festival de Cannes: Fanfan la Tulipe". Archived from the original on 2012-03-18. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
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