La Cage Aux Folles

La Cage Aux Folles

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Director: Edouard Molinaro

Cast: Edouard Molinaro, Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru

     
 

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This wickedly funny French comedy became a massive international hit, spawning two horrendous sequels and a good American remake entitled The Birdcage. While this MGM DVD of La Cage Aux Folles isn't the deluxe release that the movie's many fans have been waiting for, it's still much preferable to the old video version, which made its carefully designedSee more details below

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This wickedly funny French comedy became a massive international hit, spawning two horrendous sequels and a good American remake entitled The Birdcage. While this MGM DVD of La Cage Aux Folles isn't the deluxe release that the movie's many fans have been waiting for, it's still much preferable to the old video version, which made its carefully designed visuals look like a cheap rerun of Three's Company. The DVD returns the movie to its original widescreen aspect ratio, restores the lighting balance in the process, and offers three separate Dolby Digital 2.0 audio tracks: one in the original French, one in English, and another in Spanish. The DVD also offers subtitles in all three languages, closed-captions, and theatrical trailers for the series. The La Cage Aux Folles DVD can also be purchased in a bundle with its first sequel but all the laughs are to be found in the first movie.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A wry portrayal of gay stereotypes animates La Cage aux Folles, the superb French comedy directed by Edouard Molinaro. Based on a French stage play, La Cage follows a middle-aged gay couple -- the owner of a gay nightclub (Ugo Tognazzi) and the star of the club's transvestite revue (Michel Serrault) -- who agree to conceal their flamboyantly gay lifestyle in order to impress the parents of the girl the club owner's son intends to marry. Despite the nightclub setting, the transvestite stage show takes a backseat here to the domestic comedy and the superb work of Serrault and Tognazzi, with the latter's low-key performance working as a perfect foil for his partner's marvelously detailed gay affectations. They make a fascinatingly believable couple, and the depth of their 20-year relationship keeps the sex farce from boiling over. La Cage inspired two sequels, a Broadway musical and a Hollywood remake, but the original's effortless, crowd-pleasing charm ensures its place among the classics.
All Movie Guide
A study in high camp and chaotic hilarity, La Cage aux Folles became America's most successful foreign-language film on its 1978 release. It was also the first gay hit in film history, inspiring not one but two sequels, as well as an American remake, Mike Nichols's The Birdcage (1996). Despite its milestone status, it was denounced by some gay publications, which took issue with its gay and racial stereotypes. La Cage may indeed suffer from shameless stereotyping and other obvious flaws, but as a high farce, it remains a classic. Much of its strength lies in Edouard Molinaro's assured, frenetic direction, as well as in the performances that he draws from his actors. Michel Serrault as Albin provides the film with its heart and soul. Having performed the role over 1700 times in the original stage version, he inhabits Albin like a treasured article of clothing, a well-worn and well-loved second skin. His portrayal reflects the film as a whole: colorful, high-strung, sometimes insufferable, but exceedingly tender-hearted. He and Ugo Tognazzi's Renato make believable, affectionate partners as they dance to the choreography of mounting hysteria, reveling in stereotypes yet imbuing them with considerable sympathy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2001
UPC:
0027616864475
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
16,643

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; English, French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ugo Tognazzi Renato
Michel Serrault Albin/ZaZa
Michel Galabru Charrier
Claire Maurier Simone
Remi Laurent Laurent
Benny Luke Jacob
Luisa Maneri Andrea
Carmen Scarpitta Madame Charrier

Technical Credits
Edouard Molinaro Director,Screenwriter
Marcello Danon Producer,Screenwriter
Ambra Danon Costumes/Costume Designer
Mario Garbuglia Art Director
Monique Isnardon Editor
Robert Isnardon Editor
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Armando Nannuzzi Cinematographer
Jean Poiret Screenwriter
Piero Tosi Costumes/Costume Designer
Francis Veber Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logo/Title/Intro [4:52]
2. Zaza is Hideous [9:47]
3. The Worst News [3:39]
4. Cultural Attache [3:31]
5. With A Girl? [3:58]
6. The End Of Moral Order [6:40]
7. A Little Effort [6:21]
8. ...From His Own Home [6:22]
9. A Real John Wayne [7:29]
10. Madam President [6:59]
11. The Better Cemetery [6:02]
12. The More Things Change... [5:00]
13. Just A Monastery [5:10]
14. A Wig In The Soup [9:07]
15. Laurent Has Two Mommies [4:56]
16. Is White Slimming? [6:55]

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