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Can-Can (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 27 March 1960 (UK)
Montmartre, 1896: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her nightclub. Her employees use their female ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... François Durnais
Shirley MacLaine ... Simone Pistache
Maurice Chevalier ... Paul Barriere
Louis Jourdan ... Philipe Forrestier
Juliet Prowse ... Claudine
Marcel Dalio ... Andre - the head waiter
Leon Belasco ... Arturo - orchestra leader
Nestor Paiva ... Bailiff
John A. Neris John A. Neris ... Jacques - the Photographer
Jean Del Val ... Judge Merceaux
Ann Codee ... League president
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Storyline

Montmartre, 1896: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her nightclub. Her employees use their female charms to let the representatives of law enforcement look the other way - and even attend the shows. 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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 March 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Cummings' Production of Cole Porter's Can-Can See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (35mm) (optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

During the opening song, François Durnais (Frank Sinatra) says 'You'll never make it' to a very short man with a taller woman. The man, carrying a painting, is a reference to Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. This is one of several glaring examples of Sinatra's blatant refusal to adapt his performance style to suit the film's time period. See more »

Quotes

François Durnais: You look like a broken umbrella.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Montmartre-1896 See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Movie Tonight (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est Magnifique
(uncredited)
Music by Cole Porter
Lyrics by Cole Porter
Performed by Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine
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"Can-Can" emerges as a flat soufflé…
25 March 2005 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"Can-Can" is a feeble and obvious attempt to match the wit and high professional gloss of "Gigi." The cast even included Maurice Chevalier, still enjoying the quiet pleasures of old age as a tolerant judge named Paul Barriere, and Louis Jourdan, cast here as an upright young judge named Philippe Forrestier… After Judge Forrestier becomes amorously involved with the café owner Simone Pistache (Shirley MacLaine), and legally involved with her shifty lawyer boyfriend (Frank Sinatra), he is no longer the same man…

"Can-Can" is a musical film that virtually embodies the reasons for the decline of the genre in the sixties… Except for its appropriately gaudy costumes and for the exuberant performance by dancer Juliet Prowse as a cancan girl, the musical is without joy or genuine style under Walter Lang's unfocused direction…

The Cole Porter score reveals the composer at his most ersatz Parisian… The two of the central roles are grotesquely miscast: Sinatra, who seems to have arrived to Paris by way of New Jersey, creates no discernible or even vaguely likable character in François… MacLaine does well in the musical portions, but her Pistache is simply shrill and unappealing… Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan work hard at injecting some life into the dull proceedings… Chevalier with his trademark shrugged-shoulders, laissez-faire attitude toward life and love, expressed to such songs as "Live and Let Live" and "Just One of Those Things," and Louis Jourdan with the French charm he displayed so prominently in "Gigi."

For all their efforts, however, Can-Can emerges as a flat soufflé…


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