Monday, October 12, 2015

Russia presents: Southern exposure

Though obviously better at filmmaking than at diplomacy, 20th Century Fox set out to make the most of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to its Hollywood studios in autumn ‘59.

Caring for their interests more than for America’s, the cinematic powerhouse’s executives sniffed an advertising coup and led their flamboyant guest to a shooting of a scene from Can-Can, the musical about Parisian showgirls in the 1890s starring Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine.