Fanfan la Tulipe is a French Swashbuckler comedy film released in 2003, directed by Gérard Krawczyk and written by Jean Cosmos and Luc Besson (who also produced it). It is a remake of 1952's Fanfan la Tulipe.
At the time of the Seven Years' War in France, Fanfan (Vincent Perez) is an unrepentant charmer and unrivaled swordsman. In order to escape a forced marriage to a woman he just seduced, he enlists in the army of King Louis XV (Didier Bourdon).
Fanfan la Tulipe provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: Fanfan boasts that he's been trained in fencing by two masters at arms named "Cocardasse and Passepoil". Then, when demonstrating secret fencing tricks to the crazy jealous guys / cuckolds who caught him in the act, he (non-lethally) uses "la botte de Nevers". Vincent Perez played the Duke of Nevers in On Guard (which was also co-written by Jean Cosmos), in which both masters at arms and said secret fencing trick appear (Nevers is training at their fencing hall at the beginning).
- Adaptational Comic Relief: In the 1952 film, Louis XV is outright villainous and kidnaps Fanfan's Love Interest. Here, he's just a Clueless Boss and Armchair General (and not a villain either).
- The Cavalier Years: The film is set in the mid-18th century, at the time of the Seven Years' War.
- The Charmer: Fanfan is a ladykiller, of course. Practically no woman can resist him, and he's definitely not The Casanova type.Fanfan: She didn't know that she was beautiful. I taught her.
- Love Before First Sight: Fanfan believes a (fake) prediction done by Adeline. So, he believes he'll marry king Louis XV's younger daughter. But, he ends up disappointed after he meets her, and prefers Adeline.
- Master Swordsman: Fanfan's fencing talents are unrivaled.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Adeline la Franchise is French, yet Penelope Cruz kept her Spanish accent when talking.
- Shotgun Wedding: Fanfan is forced to marry a Farmer's Daughter that he just seduced. He escapes and enlists to avoid getting killed for it.
- Torches and Pitchforks: A bunch of angry fathers and husbands (of girls/women that Fanfan has seduced) come at him with pitchforks.