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Can-Can (1960)

Director: Walter Lang     Starring: Frank Sinatra Shirley MacLaine
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204523355
UPC: 024543438830
UPC 14: 00024543438830
Rating: NR
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20th Century Fox Marquee Musicals.
A handsome lawyer comes to the rescue of a can-can dancer who is charged with lewd behavior.

"The lovely lyrics of Cole Porter spice up the soundtrack, making everything deliciously dreamy.  Crazy for Cinema
"...Sinatra makes me melt no matter what the role.  MatchFlick

Editor's Note
Frank Sinatra and Shirley Maclaine star in this extravagant reproduction of the Cole Porter stage musical about 1890s Paris. Loosely adapted from the original, the film follows the efforts of French lawyer François Durnais (Sinatra) to prevent the police from closing down the club owned by his girlfriend, Simone Pistache (Maclaine), because the venue features the prohibited cancan dance. Although Durnais has the support of Judge Paul Barriere (Maurice Chevalier), policeman Phillippe Forrestier (Louis Jourdan) is determined to raid the place. On a reconnaissance mission, the resolute cop falls head over heels for Pistache, who isn't interested but sees in Forrestier an opportunity to force Durnais' hand into marriage. Among these Machiavellian machinations stands a bevy of fine Cole Porter songs and some excellent dance routines, including a performance of the cancan in front of a French judicial inquiry. Sinatra and MacLaine add their prodigious charisma and flair to director Walter Lang's lively Parisian romp.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/22/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 131 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1960
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2243883
Video UPC UPC: 00024543438830
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.20:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Frank Sinatra
Video Cast Info Louis Jourdan
Video Cast Info Maurice Chevalier
Video Cast Info Shirley MacLaine
Video Cast Info Abe Burrows - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Charles Lederer - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Dorothy Kingsley - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jack Cummings - Producer
Video Cast Info Jack Martin Smith - Art Director
Video Cast Info Lyle R. Wheeler - Art Director
Video Cast Info Robert L. Simpson - Editor
Video Cast Info Saul Chaplin - Producer
Video Cast Info Walter Lang - Director
Video Cast Info William H. Daniels - Cinematographer


Nominee (1961)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Can-Can, Best Motion Picture - Musical

Winner (1961)
   Video Award Name Grammy, Cole Porter, Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or TV

Nominee (1961)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Irene Sharaff, Best Costume Design, Color
   Video Award Name Oscar, Nelson Riddle, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

Professional Reviews

DVD Talk 6 of 10
The cast is impeccable, the songwriting is from one of the theatre's masters, but the direction lets them down badly, turning Can-Can into a lumbering, stilted bore. Everything is off in this ill-conceived movie musical, with the square, straight-ahead filming style diametrically opposed to the vulgar, coarse nature of the film's supposed inspiration: the can-can dance. Fans of the stars may want it to complete their collections; Cole Porter enthusiasts may enjoy hearing some of those lovely songs, but for most viewers, a rental is recommended first. If it's an unknown property to you, and you're thinking of buying rather than renting Can-Can first, don't-don't. - Paul Mavis

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Sinatra,Frank
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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