Directed by Christian-Jaque • 1952 • France
Starring Gérard Philipe, Gina Lollobrigida, Marcel Herrand
Legendary French star Gérard Philipe swashbuckled his way into film history as the peasant soldier Fanfan in Christian-Jaque’s devil-may-care romantic action-comedy. In eighteenth-century France, Fanfan joins King Louis XV’s army to avoid a forced marriage to a local lass and gets himself into close scrapes and tight squeezes with Gina Lollobrigida’s impostor fortune-teller, Adeline, on his way to fighting in the Seven Years’ War. Filled to the brim with dazzling stunts and randy innuendo, FANFAN LA TULIPE, which won the best director prize at Cannes and was a smash hit upon its initial release, remains one of France’s all-time most beloved films.
Christian-Jaque’s 1952 film FANFAN LA TULIPE has been so popular over the years in France that in 1997 a remarkable colorized version was released. Presented here is the scene, now in color, in which Fanfan receives the tulip—and his name.