Can-Can

Can-Can

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Director: Walter Lang

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier

     
 
Cole Porter's Gay Paree musical about the introduction in Montmartre in 1896 of the notorious Can-Can dance, is brought to the screen, filtered through a Rat Pack sensibility. Shirley MacLaine stars as Simone Pistache, the perky and vivacious owner of a Parisian cafe, who, aided by her swingin' boyfriend Francois Dumais (Frank Sinatra), is trying to keep her

Overview

Cole Porter's Gay Paree musical about the introduction in Montmartre in 1896 of the notorious Can-Can dance, is brought to the screen, filtered through a Rat Pack sensibility. Shirley MacLaine stars as Simone Pistache, the perky and vivacious owner of a Parisian cafe, who, aided by her swingin' boyfriend Francois Dumais (Frank Sinatra), is trying to keep her establishment from being closed down by the Paris authorities because of Simone's insistence on treating her patrons to the Can-Can, the salacious dance outlawed by French law. Maurice Chevalier is a kindly French judge who graciously looked the other way, but another hard-nosed judge, Philippe Forrestier (Louis Jordan), turns up the heat on Simone to close her cafe. That is, until Simone turns up the heat on him, and Phillippe falls hard for Simone.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Onstage, Cole Porter's Can-Can was a hit largely because of its attractive (if not top-notch) score and the electrifying performance of Gwen Verdon (in a supporting role). The score, supplemented of course, remains fetching in the film version, but there's no Verdon -- or anyone else -- to provide the bolt of lightning that is called for. As on Broadway, the script deserves a large part of the blame, a mediocre and barely serviceable frame upon which to hang the songs and dances. Although director Walter Lang and costume designer Irene Sharaff have given the film some visual flair, and NelsonRiddle has supplied some snappy and swinging musical arrangements, they're not enough to keep Can-Can flying. Which means it's all up to the cast. Frank Sinatra handles his songs well, but he's not half trying in the dialogue scenes. Shirley MacLaine gives it more effort, but the strain shows, and neither she nor Sinatra make the slightest attempt at being French -- a drawback in a film in which setting and atmosphere are so important. Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier, of course, are Gallic to the core, but the former is a bore and the latter isn't given enough to do. Juliet Prowse, in a cut-down version of Verdon's character, is a joy, and the dances in general are very effective. All of which combines to make Can-Can a well-presented but fairly lacklustre musical, with a few high points -- but not enough to really make the grade.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0024543438830
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:22:00
Sales rank:
3,866

Special Features

A Leg Up: The Making of Can-Can featurette; The Classic Cole Porter featurette; Book by Burrows: The Man Who Wrote Can-Can featurette; Restoration comparison; Original theatrical trailer; Still galleries: Interactive press book/souvenir program/behind the scenes/production stills; Isolated music score

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Francois Durnais
Shirley MacLaine Simone Pistache
Maurice Chevalier Paul Barriere
Louis Jourdan Philippe Forrestier
Juliet Prowse Claudine
Marcel Dalio Andre, Headwaiter
Leon Belasco Arturo, Orchestra Leader
Nestor Paiva Bailiff
Jean del Val Judge Merceaux
Eugene Borden Chevrolet
Jonathan Kidd Recorder
Ann Codee League president
Marc Wilder Adam
Genevieve Aumont Secretary
Peter Coe Dupont - policeman
Marcel dela Brosse Plainclothesman
Renee Godfrey Dowager
Maurice Marsac Bailiff
Alphonse Martell Butler
Wilda Taylor Lili
Lili Valenty Dowager

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Saul Chaplin Producer
Jack Cummings Producer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
Hermes Pan Choreography
Cole Porter Score Composer
Nelson Riddle Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Can-Can: Main Feature
1. Overture
2. Main Titles (I Love Paris)
3. Montmart'
4. Maidens Typical of France
5. Lewd Dance
6. Case Dismissed
7. C'est Magnifique
8. A Little Wager
9. Apache Dance
10. Close Call
11. Simone's Charms
12. Police Raid
13. Jail Time
14. Live and Let Live
15. Photo Evidence
16. Misunderstanding
17. You Do Something to Me
18. Let's Do It
19. A Genuine Proposal
20. Have It Your Way
21. It's All Right With Me
22. Entr'acte
23. Think of Your Future
24. Taking Advantage
25. Come Along With Me
26. It Doesn't Matter
27. Just One of Those Things
28. Strictly Business
29. Garden of Eden
30. After the Fall
31. Reunited
32. Simone's Revenge
33. Second Thoughts
34. Can-Can
35. Making It Legal
36. Exit Music

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Can-Can 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the movie in VHS and was happy to see it was in DVD. I enjoyed the actors and the plot very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was during the popular movie-musical time period. Frank Sinatra is always a great character. However, the guy that the girl ends up with is a mystery thoughout the film. Shirley McClain is an alright dancer but her singing is anything but steller. She should really stick at the only acting roles. If you like movie-musicals you will enjoy this film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and great choreography. If you love movie musicals you will love Can-Can.