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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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! --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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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 ›
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Great movie and so were the actors. The DVD arrived on time and well packed.Published 7 months ago by N.
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 22 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 22 months ago by David Tiberi
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