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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 »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... François Durnais
... Simone Pistache
... Paul Barriere
... Philipe Forrestier
... Claudine
... Andre - the head waiter
... Arturo - orchestra leader
... Bailiff
John A. Neris ... Jacques - the Photographer
... Judge Merceaux
... League president
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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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27 March 1960 (UK)  »

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Cole Porter's Can-Can  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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(35mm) (optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm) (magnetic prints)

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2.20 : 1
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Musical director Nelson Riddle was tasked with creating an authentic musical background for the film, which takes place in 1890s Montmartre. However, the charts Riddle created for his frequent collaborator Frank Sinatra -- particularly "C'est Magnifique" and "Let's Do It" -- are noticeably more pop-like, and Sinatra renders them much like his studio recordings of the era, minus any attempt to incorporate the film's period or style. See more »

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François Durnais: You look like a broken umbrella.
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Just One of Those Things
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Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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Big-Budget Hollywood Tribute to Vintage Years of Moulin Rouge
21 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Shirley MacLaine is a delight as the owner/operator of an 1895 Paris Night Club. The problem: A new, "disgusting" dance craze called the "Can Can" has swept Paris, and Shirley's night club seems to be the only place that dares to perform it nightly. Money man Frank Sinatra, who also is the on-again-off-again fiancé of the owner, attempts to bribe the authorities to turn a blind eye to what's going on at the club. Law man Louis Jourdan also falls for Shirley, while an ever-wise Maurice Chevallier tries his best to play cupid.

The musical numbers are wonderful, especially Shirley MacLaine's solo "Come Along With Me", The MacLaine/Sinatra duet "Let's Do It" and the grand finale "Can Can". -- This film cost 6 million dollars to produce, which was a lot in 1960. I'm glad they went through with it, because this is one of my favorite film musicals. They don't come much better than this!


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