Directed By: Walter Lang Starring: Frank Sinatra Shirley MacLaine

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A handsome lawyer comes to the rescue of a can-can dancer who is charged with lewd behavior.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 204523355
UPC 024543438830
UPC 14 00024543438830
Format DVD
Release Date 5/22/2007
Rating NR
Music Video
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Walter Lang
Frank Sinatra
Shirley MacLaine
Cast & Crew
Abe Burrows - Based On Play By
Charles Lederer - Screenplay
Dorothy Kingsley - Screenplay
Frank Sinatra - Actor
Jack Cummings - Producer
Jack Martin Smith - Art Director
Louis Jourdan - Actor
Lyle R. Wheeler - Art Director
Maurice Chevalier - Actor
Robert L. Simpson - Editor
Saul Chaplin - Producer
Shirley MacLaine - Actor
Walter Lang - Director
William H. Daniels - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1960
Catalog ID 2243883
UPC 00024543438830
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 131 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.20:1
Nominee (1961) Golden Globe, Can-Can, Best Motion Picture - Musical,Oscar, Irene Sharaff, Best Costume Design, Color,Oscar, Nelson Riddle, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
Winner (1961) Grammy, Cole Porter, Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or TV
ReviewSource DVD Talk
Review 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.
Reviewer Paul Mavis
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Sinatra,Frank
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Crazy for Cinema The lovely lyrics of Cole Porter spice up the soundtrack, making everything deliciously dreamy.
MatchFlick ...Sinatra makes me melt no matter what the role.

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