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Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)
Fanfan la Tulipe is a 1952 French-Italian swashbuckler comedy directed by Christian-Jaque and starring Gérard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida. The plot is set during the Seven Years' War. Fanfan, looking to escape a shotgun marriage, enlists in the French Army after Adeline, a supposed Gypsy fortune teller, foretells a brilliant career, fame, and even marriage to the King's daughter. Upon signing his pledge, Fanfan realizes that Adeline is the daughter of the recruiting Sergeant and that she has already trapped other men with false predictions. But Fanfan swears that he will make the prediction true despite all obstacles.
The movie was originally filmed in B&W. A colorized version was produced in 2000.
In 2003, a remake starring Vincent Perez and Penélope Cruz was released.
The following weapons were used in the film Fanfan la Tulipe:
Chatellerault Cavalry Model 1822 Pistol
Chatellerault Cavalry Model 1822 pistols, heavily anachronistic for the 1750s, are widely used throughout the movie, seen in the hands of Fanfan (Gérard Philipe), his friends Tranche-Montagne (Olivier Hussenot) and La Franchise (Nerio Bernardi), highwaymen, including their chieftain (Gérard Buhr), Louis XV's trusted confidant Lebel (Jean-Marc Tennberg) and his henchmen.
Chatellerault Mle 1822 / St.Etienne Mle 1842 Percussion Cap Musket
French and Brandenburg soldiers are armed with anachronistic percussion cap muskets. They appear to be the Chatellerault Mle 1822 and St.Etienne Mle 1842. Both models look almost the same except for details on the lock, as the Mle 1822 muskets were converted from Mle 1777 flintlock guns.
French and Brandenburg troops use field cannons of 18th to early 19th century patterns. These are definitely modern replicas.