Can-Can

  • U
  • Walter Lang (1960)
  • US
  • 124 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

When Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev visited Hollywood, he was taken onto the set of this 20th Century-Fox musical and shown the can-can number being filmed. He commented: "The face of humanity is more beautiful than its backside" - a very poor PR result, but then Fox did sometimes lack taste when it came to musicals. Although based on Cole Porter's Broadway hit, set in turn-of-the-20th-century Paris, this movie manages to lose some of Porter's best material, notably the brilliant lyric to Can-Can itself, and remains resolutely anachronistic, casting the all-too-contemporary Frank Sinatra, who takes diabolical liberties with other lyrics, and the all-American Shirley MacLaine. The film is at its best in the intimate moments, especially a touching first-half finale as Sinatra croons It's All Right with Me to Juliet Prowse. But the whole movie's simply too long.

Plot Summary

Period romantic musical starring Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine and Maurice Chevalier. Paris in the 1890s. A lawyer defends a woman's right to keep open her nightclub, a lively venue where the daring illegal dance the can-can is performed nightly.

Cast and crew

Cast

François Durnais
Frank Sinatra
Simone Pistache
Shirley MacLaine
Paul Barrière
Maurice Chevalier
Philippe Forrestier
Louis Jourdan
Claudine
Juliet Prowse
Head waiter
Marcel Dalio
Orchestra leader
Leon Belasco
Bailiff
Nestor Paiva

Crew

Director
Walter Lang

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on video
Certificate U
Categories
Music
Drama

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