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Fanfan La Tulipe [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1952]

Release Date:11/18/2008
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    Special Features

    • Restored digital transfer
    • New video program about actor Gérard Philipe
    • A clip from the colorized version of the film
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
    • Plus: A new essay by Kenneth Turan


    Fanfan la Tulipe
    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 Lollobridgida and Genevieve Page, which may be why this film did so well in the States. Fanfan the Tulip is available in several shorter versions, one of which has been redubbed Soldier in Love. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Gérard Philipe
      Gérard Philipe - Fanfan the Tulip
    • Gina Lollobrigida
      Gina Lollobrigida - Adeline La Franchise
    • Marcel Herrand
      Marcel Herrand - Louis XV
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      Oliver Hussenot - Tranche-Montagne
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      Nerio Bernardi - Sgt. La Franchise

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