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Can-Can (1960)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  9 March 1960 (USA)
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1896, Montmartre: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her night club. Her employees use their female... See full summary »

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François Durnais
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Simone Pistache
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Paul Barriere
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Philipe Forrestier
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Claudine
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Andre - the head waiter
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1896, Montmartre: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her night club. Her employees use their female charm to let the representatives of law enforcement look the other way - or even attend the shows. But then the young ambitious judge Philippe Forrestier decides to bring this to an end. Will Simone manage to twist him round her little finger, too? Her boyfriend Francois certainly doesn't like to watch her trying. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Though it is never explained in the film why the Can-Can was illegal, it is because most of the time the girls who performed the dance did not wear panties. See more »

Quotes

François Durnais: You look like a broken umbrella.
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Referenced in De-Lovely (2004) See more »

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You Do Something to Me
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Louis Jourdan
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Long, Dull & Lifeless
13 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interminable film version of the hit Broadway musical, Can-Can is as flat as the fake champagne they drink in scene after scene. Even the several Cole Porter standards come off as boring, slow dirges.

Frank Sinatra walks thru his part of the playboy lawyer who at one points opines "Ring a Ding Ding," in 1896 Paris yet. Shirley MacLaine is shrill and gives a lousy performance. Louis Jourdan (a dead fish as usual) and smug Maurice Chevalier sing a dreadful song, "Your Business is Your Business" TWICE. Juliet Prowse is a so-so dancer and lousy actress.

So the question is WHY was this a hit on Broadway? The set designs here are terrible and defeat the good costumes. The direction is bad because this should NOT have been allowed to go on for 131 minutes.

Even the big production number with MacLaine as Eve and Prowse as the serpent is okay at best. MacLaine's outfit was shocking in 1960 but not now. Endless scenes of talking in offices, court rooms, etc. TALK TALK TALK and no humor or wit---just TALK.

And this is the musical that made Gwen Verdon a star? This ranks as one of the WORST film musicals I've ever seen.


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