La Cage aux Folles (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-Ray] (Version française)
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Renato (La grande bouffe�s Ugo Tognazzi) and Albin (Diabolique�s Michel Serrault)�a middle-aged gay couple who are the manager and star performer at a glitzy drag club in St. Tropez�agree to hide their sexual identities, along with their flamboyant personalities and home decor, when the ultraconservative parents of Renato�s son�s fianc�e come for a visit. This elegant comic scenario kicks off a wild and warmhearted farce about the importance of nonconformity and the beauty of being true to oneself. A modest French comedy that became a breakout art-house smash in America, Edouard Molinaro�s La Cage aux Folles inspired a major Broadway musical and the blockbuster remake The Birdcage. But with its hilarious performances and ahead-of-its-time social message, there�s nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Toujours bon à revoir encore et encore!
Always good to watch again and again! It has english subtitles.
Actually I very much disagree, every word par a few were translated to become the timeless birdcage, watch the French then watch the english they copied literally ever word. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Care bear
having such a classic film finally on blu ray is absolutely fantastic! The picture quality is pristine and sound is rich... Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Tiberi
Superb acting and very funny. I have seen it several times before but wanted to share it with friends so I ordered it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wayne
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 morePublished 23 months ago by DAVID ROSIER
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 morePublished 23 months ago by KiKOiComment
Que dire sur la Cage aux Folles? De merveilleux acteurs, c'est du bonheur à voir et à revoir, un grand classique!Published on Dec 22 2013 by Yannick Lavaud