La Cage Aux Folles

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Overview

An international comedy sensation based on a successful French stage play, La Cage aux Folles depicts the farcical chaos that results when a gay man attempts to pose as straight for the benefit of his son's future in-laws. Renato Ugo Tognazzi owns a popular nightclub and is the long-time lover of Zaza Michel Serrault, a female impersonator who is the club's main attraction. Unfortunately, Renato's son Laurent Remy Laurent has told none of this to his future father-in-law, an important figure in a morally ...
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Overview

An international comedy sensation based on a successful French stage play, La Cage aux Folles depicts the farcical chaos that results when a gay man attempts to pose as straight for the benefit of his son's future in-laws. Renato Ugo Tognazzi owns a popular nightclub and is the long-time lover of Zaza Michel Serrault, a female impersonator who is the club's main attraction. Unfortunately, Renato's son Laurent Remy Laurent has told none of this to his future father-in-law, an important figure in a morally conservative political organization. Not wanting to ruin his son's chance of happiness, Renato agrees to pose as a straight man, but he finds his familiar habits, and those of the even more flamboyant Zaza, getting in the way at every turn. Zaza is the one who comes up with what he thinks is an ideal solution: he'll dress in drag and pose as Renato's wife. Naturally, the plan does not pan out as expected. La Cage aux Folles' pleasant, unthreatening comic sensibility attracted a large mainstream audience in both Europe and the United States, which was at the time unusual for a film with a homosexual theme. Indeed, the film was popular enough to inspire two remakes: a stage musical and, nearly two decades later, the Hollywood comedy The Birdcage with Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, and Gene Hackman.
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Special Features

New interview with Director Edouard Molinaro; Archival footage featuring actor Michael Serrault and Jean Poiret, writer and star of the original stage production of La Cage aux Folies; New interview with Laurence Senelick, author of The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre; French and U.S. trailers; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein
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Editorial Reviews

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: 9/10/2013
  • UPC: 715515109819
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 364

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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Must see

    This is much funnier than the American remake "The Bird Cage" with Robin Williams. These guys are hilarious. Must see all three movies including La Cage Aux Folles II and The Wedding (which I have been unable to find).

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