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Can-Can (1960)

Frank Sinatra , Shirley MacLaine , Walter Lang  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Juliet Prowse
  • Directors: Walter Lang
  • Writers: Abe Burrows, Charles Lederer, Dorothy Kingsley
  • Producers: Jack Cummings, Saul Chaplin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Surround Sound, Restored, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ND91YU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Can-Can" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Widescreen Feature
  • Isolated score and FX track
  • Disc 2:
  • A Leg Up: The Making of Can-Can
  • The Classic Cole Porter
  • Book By Burrows: The Man Who Wrote Can-Can
  • Restoration Comparison
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Souvenir Program
  • Interactive Press Book
  • Advertising
  • Inside Can-Can
  • Backstage
  • Production Art

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Product Description

A 1890's Montmartre Dance Hall Owner Constantly Raided For Performing The Illegal Can-Can Has To Use Her Own Resources When An Elderly Judge Is Replaced By A Younger More Serious One. Based On Abe Burrow'S Play. Music By Cole Porter.

How to adapt a Broadway musical for the movies? Well, if you've got Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine signed up, you throw out most of the original and make up something new--which is how Cole Porter's Can-Can came to the screen. It had been a smash on Broadway, and on film Can-Can locked up the #2 box-office spot for 1960 (nestled between Ben-Hur and Psycho). From a modern standpoint, the movie's popularity can be attributed to the stars, the colorful widescreen production, the sexy subject matter, and of course the Porter songs. It can't really be explained any other way, because Can-Can isn't among the most engaging movie musicals; it has the stolid, proscenium-framed look of Fox's 1950s widescreen musicals, and the story is only mildly diverting. The saturated color makes 19th-century Montmarte come to life, and the can-can numbers (and the wonderfully daft Garden of Eden ballet) look appropriately splashy. For a bit of authentic Gallic je ne sais quoi, Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan are imported from Gigi, a big hit two years earlier. MacLaine and Sinatra have their cozy chemistry ("Let's Do It" fares especially well with them), and the movie marks the film debut of the dimply dancer Juliet Prowse.

The DVD provides a gorgeous color presentation of the movie. A second disc has some OK featurettes, including a making-of documentary that includes the famous story of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev's visit to the set of Can-Can, at which he witnessed an ooh-la-la can-can number, after which he denounced the proceedings as an example of Western depravity. --Robert Horton

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kick up your heels with MacLaine & Co.! August 26, 2000
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Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra kick up their heels in CAN-CAN, the sparkling film adaptation of the Cole Porter musical comedy.

The setting is the Montmatre district of Paris, circa 1896. The can-can dance has been ruled as immoral and scandalous by the polite society, but that doesn't stop Simone Pistache (Shirley MacLaine) from performing the routine at her cafe. She is helped by her boyfriend--crooked lawyer Francois Durnais (Frank Sinatra). Simone's happy existence comes crashing down when she's arrested on the orders of the new district judge, Philipe Forrestier (Louis Jourdan).

Francois decides that the best way for Simone to continue her activities is to seduce Philipe. Pretty soon, Simone has well and truly fallen for his charms, but the hilarious love triangle has only just begun!...

This version of Cole Porter's 1953 Broadway musical is a very enjoyable, breezy viewing experience. The costumes from Irene Sharaff are lavish, and the art direction is flawless. MacLaine and Sinatra (continuing the screen partnership they had established with "Some Came Running") have a very fun rapport. Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan switch on their Gallic charm to maximum effect here.

The original Cole Porter tunestack was augmented with "You Do Something to Me", "Let's Fall in Love", and "Just One of Those Things"; whilst several extra character numbers were deleted ("If You Loved Me Truly", "Allez-Vous-En", "Never Give Anything Away"). The score was lushly arranged and conducted by Sinatra's frequent collaborator Nelson Riddle.

Choreography from Hermes Pan is full of colour and excitement.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
It took ten long years, but the wait is over!

"Can-Can" is certainly not very high on the list among the best film adaptations of Broadway musicals, but it contains lots of character charm and professional know-how, boasts a lushly orchestrated score, and is gorgeously designed in often daring color combinations. (For the stylish looking palette and fine-tuned overall detail of this film, I suspect we must thank not only the famous production designers and Ms. Sharaff's oddly chic costumes, but also very much styling consultant Tony Duquette and color consultant Leonard Doss.)

The first thing you see on your screen is a "warning" from Fox that they have used the best materials available for their transfer to DVD. This had me greatly worried for a couple of seconds, but when the credits came up on my screen I was both relieved and stunned. It looked super! Never had I seen "Can-Can" with colors as clean, bright and beautiful as on this disc! But some three minutes into the film I suddenly understood what Fox meant with their note: In many shots throughout the complete running-time, I could notice a certain discreet light-flickering that affected the colors somewhat, especially easy to spot in the darker areas of the image. This is, of course, distracting (at least for a while untill you get used to it), but I should think that Fox had found this problem impossible to correct completely. To my great relief and joy, it is quite obvious that the materials used for this DVD transfer originates from a 70mm negative in Technicolor. All previous transfers to VHS and LaserDisc must surely have used 35mm film in DeLuxe color. The difference is amazing, as the DVD has superb contrast, splendid color and a razor-sharp image all the way, which only 70mm film stock can produce.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When will we see Can-Can restored on DVD April 18, 2004
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I have to say that I rmember seeing Can-Can in its origional roadshow presentation in Los Angeles in my younger days. It was a great time at the movies, and I remember the scope of the widescreen and all those Can-Can dancers. I hope that we will soon see a DVD with the fully restored format in Letterbox, With Ovature and Intermission etc. While not the best musical every filmed I remember it fondly and would like to see a DVD that presents this move as it should be seen. Widescreen format, stero sound et al.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can-Can February 2, 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
I believe this is a second release of this film, which cuts out all the intermissions and some of the original breaks. This takes away from the authenicity of the film on the original release. Please, this is like watching a movie in rerun format with chops and stops. IRRITATING. I borrowed my mother's copy of the original release and I hope that if this is released on DVD that this the original is the one they put on disk.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
"There is no trick, to a can can! It is so simple to do!" And it is so simple to fall in love with this wonderful video, featuring some of Hollywood's biggest and best stars, Shirley McLane, Frank Sinatra, Maurice Chavaier, and Louis Jordan. This brilliant movie features wonderful songs like "I Love Paris," "Can Can," "It's All Right With Me," "C'est Magnifique," and many more, each more enchanting than the next, all put together by Cole Porter. From the wonderfully fun, upbeat dancing to the timeless songs, this movie is definatly worth seeing! Meredith Crawford, Age 12
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny, Great movie with the wonderful Maurice Chevalier.
Published 13 days ago by Alice L. Mead
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't watch it !
Could not watch this DVD here in Australia , it will not play !
Then I found out it does not play in Region 4 Australia , after buying it ! Read more
Published 24 days ago by Rene Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes we Can Can
Somehow I missed this movie in my youth. I ordered it to accompany Barbie CanCan dolls. I wanted something that would show the real cancan without all the history of the Moulin... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Neem
4.0 out of 5 stars but a great cast and wonderful songs
A little long, but a great cast and wonderful songs.
Published 1 month ago by Eugene Maresca
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as it should have been
I loved this when I first saw it way back in Todd-AO which was a fabulous process, but rewatching it now, I'm not so sure. Read more
Published 2 months ago by addison de witt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I am a big fan of Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra. In. Their own right they are great actors. Together, their chemistry is awesome. This movie is sweet and funny. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Craig's_Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down Memory Lane
I saw this movie when I was young, loved it and finally purchased it so I could watch it again and again. Its a musical, fun story, great cast, great music and dancing.
Published 6 months ago by Jeanette K. Kozak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Musical with Great Stars
You can't beat these classic musicals where the music makes sense, it is not political, and is just fun. Read more
Published 7 months ago by William R. Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable!
I watched this movie today and really enjoyed it. Frank Sinatra was great! A good one to have in your collection if you are fan!
Published 8 months ago by Becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Another all time favorite!
It's a long film but the dances, the songs, Hermes Pan's choreography and Shirley MacLaine make it worthwhile. Read more
Published 8 months ago by WLondea
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