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Can-Can (1960)

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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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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 March 1961 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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

On Broadway, the starring role of La Mome Pistache was played by German chanteuse Lilo, with the supporting role of Claudine portrayed by [link=nm089386. Once the show began performances, it became apparent that Verdon's role was actually the more arresting of the two, which forever skewed the property, to the extent that star Shirley MacLaine - herself a gypsy who had stolen The Pajama Game (1957) (1954) away from its leading lady and landed a Hollywood contract - insisted on collapsing the material of Pistache and Claudine into one role, Simone. This left Juliet Prowse, who portrayed what was left of Claudine, with precious little screen time. See more »

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François Durnais: You look like a broken umbrella.
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Opening credits prologue: Montmartre-1896 See more »

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

Soundtracks

Montmart'
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Composed by Cole Porter
Sung by Frank Sinatra, Maurice Chevalier and chorus
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Ring-a-Ding, Ding, Ding
13 January 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Another Cole Porter Broadway show makes it Hollywood, but not intact. Can Can retained most of its score, but 20th Century Fox added some other Porter standards like Let's Do It. Just One of Those Things, You Do Something To Me. And of course the book was sanitized by the Hollywood censors.

Briefly the plot is a girl who's a Can Can dancer played by Shirley MacLaine has to choose between two men of the legal profession. Upright judge, Louis Jourdan and less than scrupulous attorney, Frank Sinatra. Maurice Chevalier is an older judge who knows all of them and presides over the film like an avuncular grandfather.

The performers all do justice to the Cole Porter score and the best musical moment is Frank Sinatra's singing of It's All Right With Me. He's singing it to Juliet Prowse who was his main squeeze at the time. It's one of Sinatra's best musical moments on film, a perfect mating of singer and song.

I'm sure glad neither Sinatra or MacLaine attempted any kind of phony French accent. Sinatra tried a Spanish one in The Pride and the Passion and the results were hilarious.

Shirley MacLaine before she came to Hollywood was in the chorus of Can-Can on Broadway so she was a perfect fit for her part as Simone Pistache the cabaret owner where the illegal Can-Can is performed.

For reasons I don't understand a duet with Frank Sinatra and Maurice Chevalier singing I Love Paris was cut, though it remained in the original cast album. Blockheads at Fox, what were they thinking?

It also would have been nice to have some Paris location shooting for this film, it was all done at 20th Century's backlot where Nikita Khruschev paid a historic visit and said this was an example of western immorality and decadence. You couldn't buy that kind of publicity.

Verdict on this film, well as Old Blue Eyes sang:

RING-A-DING DING DING, C'est Magnifique.


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