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La Cage Aux Folles

Ugo Tognazzi , Michel Serrault , Édouard Molinaro    R (Restricted)   DVD
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A likable 1977 French farce (and the basis for the 1996 American remake, The Birdcage), this popular comedy was one of the most successful international films of all time, and even spawned a Broadway musical and two sequels. It tells the story of a gay couple who--when one man's son from a previous liaison brings home his fiancée--masquerade as husband and wife for their prospective in-laws. The film is saved from becoming an exercise in silliness by the heartfelt characterizations of the gay nightclub owners. La Cage aux Folles is one of the funniest imports from Europe and a great comedy in any venue. --Robert Lane

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SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES � New 2K digital film restoration � New interview with director Edouard Molinaro � Archival footage featuring actor Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret, writer and star of the original stage production of La Cage aux Folles � New interview with Laurence Senelick, author of The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre � French and U.S. trailers � New English subtitle translation � PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein � More!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous!!!! June 22 2004
Format:DVD
La Cage Aux Folles is a hilarious French farce that spawned two sequels, a Broadway musical, and an equally good, but almost scene for scene remake (The Birdcage). Some people have said the film has stereotyped gay characters and that Serrault's constant screaming is annoying. I disagree--I found nothing offensive about the characters (gay men like Serrault exist, we've all met them!) and his screaming is actually very funny and brilliantly duplicated by Nathan Lane in the remake.
This is a great film, funny, touching, and simply wonderful. It was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won the Golden Globe for best Foriegn Film. How many gay-themed films can you say that about?
P.S. Please ignore the R rating--the subject matter, which was pretty risky for 1978, has gotten rather tame. By today's standards, the film would easily get a PG-13.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great film - poor DVD transfer Sept. 8 2001
Format:DVD
A much funnier film than the leaden, limp American remake "The Birdcage" but the DVD can only be considered a disappointment. Some of the complaints above come from the film itself: the original film was shot through a great deal of diffusion leaving a very, very soft image and almost all the dialogue was post-dubbed, even in the original French prints. Ugo Tognazzi is evidently speaking his lines in Italian and is dubbed in French by another actor. Given that, there are problems introduced on the DVD. The sound on the French language track is awful with background noises like footsteps and door closings loud and phasing in and out. This problem is not present on the secondary choice of the English-dubbed track and forces one to choose it just to watch the film without distractions. Reel changes are also dirty and occassionaly choppy and, despite the lack of extras (only the theatrical trailer and the English track), it is not 16 X 9 enhanced. A pity as this grand and lovely farce should be seen in top condition by anyone who loves great comedy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great film - poor DVD transfer Sept. 8 2001
Format:DVD
A much funnier film than the leaden, limp American remake "The Birdcage" but the DVD can only be considered a disappointment. Some of the complaints above come from the film itself: the original film was shot through a great deal of diffusion leaving a very, very soft image and almost all the dialogue was post-dubbed, even in the original French prints. Ugo Tognazzi is evidently speaking his lines in Italian and is dubbed in French by another actor. Given that, there are problems introduced on the DVD. The sound on the French language track is awful with background noises like footsteps and door closings loud and phasing in and out. This problem is not present on the secondary choice of the English-dubbed track and forces one to choose it just to watch the film without distractions. Reel changes are also dirty and occassionaly choppy and, despite the lack of extras (only the theatrical trailer and the English track), it is not 16 X 9 enhanced. A pity as this grand and lovely farce should be seen in top condition by anyone who loves great comedy.
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American audiences tend to resist foreign films for some good reasons. Sure, its tough to keep up with subtitles at times, and yes, sometimes the translations are lacking the depth the filmaker intends to convey. But this is a film that can and should be enshrined in the Movie Hall of Fame as one of the funniest, most endearing films ever released. Audiences who are willing to put up with subtitles will quickly find themselves hysterical and at last, on DVD, "La Cage Aux Folles" deserves to find a new audience, a new generation that appreciates broad humor, with a few good lessons thrown in.
Americans are familiar with the story, since "La Cage" was turned into a successful Broadway show and then a huge money-making comedy "The Birdcage" featuring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams in the lead roles (not to mention a young Calista Flockhart of "Ally McBeal" fame and Dan Futterman who is brilliant in "Urbania.") But "The Birdcage" as funny as it can be, fades by comparison to the original, with star making performances by Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault as the leading cross dressing couple of the French Riviera. Where "The Birdcage" allows for broad humor that both confronts and appeases the typical homophobic US audience, "La Cage" offers no apologies, and rests on its own merits as a farce without limits. When Tognazzi teaches Serrault how to "walk like John Wayne" you quickly forget the language barrier, and give up on Robin William's own attempts to educate the shrill Lane in the English version. Somehow, the fact that these characters are French adds a dimension of humanity that is lacking in the "Birdcage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serrault is the best! June 16 2002
Format:DVD
I would have given La Cage Aux Folles three marks at best, for while it is a pleasent French comedy, not different in style to many French comedies of the period, it has one major asset that distinguishes it from all others, Michel Serrault.
He plays the camp 'queenie' star of the show La Cage Aux Folles to perfection..He is simply great.
The first La Cage..is the best, the sequel I believe was made because of the huge success the original had, but still Serrault gives his best in every scene, while dont bother with the third installement, it is simply lame..
Yet beware of the American remake 'Birdcage', if you want the same story with no subtitles, because it is simply awful, and stick to the original, even if you do not understand a word of French, Serrault's genuis performance will be more than enough to make you laugh very hard!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit dated now but still so funny.
A bit dated now but still so funny.
Published 20 days ago by YVR1
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Superb acting and very funny. I have seen it several times before but wanted to share it with friends so I ordered it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wayne E. Redmond
2.0 out of 5 stars Complaint
The movie story and acting are great. The subtitles are absolutely awful. They are in shortform and miss about 50% of the dialogue in the movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DAVID ROSIER
3.0 out of 5 stars comique exagéré mais bon tout de même
Pour l'image, bon c'est de la fin des années 70, hein. On ne peut pas faire de miracles non plus. Côté son, par contre, c'est pas loin d'être épouvantable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jean Christophe Pertin
5.0 out of 5 stars Un classique
Que dire sur la Cage aux Folles? De merveilleux acteurs, c'est du bonheur à voir et à revoir, un grand classique!
Published 8 months ago by Yannick Lavaud
4.0 out of 5 stars takes me back
This movie came out when I was in college. My friends got to go bee it but I didn't. It has taken over 30 years for me to get to see it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mystery writer
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic - the original 'The Birdcage'
It's a lovely film with the same story as 'The Birdcage'. Beautifully acted and dubbed over in English from it's original French.
Published 15 months ago by Jacqui
4.0 out of 5 stars La Cage aux Folles
Produit conforme à mes attentes, livré en bon état et dans un délai acceptable. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2011 by Wil7ly
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original And Best
Although The Birdcage (Robin Williams, Nathan Lane) was a likeable and entertaining movie, noting can beat the general sense of fun and style generated in the 1979 French original. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Review Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, but I love the American Version better...
I am a HUGE fan of 'The Birdcage' and have been for several years, so I finally got a chance to watch 'La Cage Aux Folles', which, as everyone knows, is the French version and the... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2002 by Plano Man
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