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La Cage aux Folles (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-Ray] (Version française)

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  • Actors: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault
  • Directors: Edouard Molinaro
  • Format: Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Sept. 10 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00DHN8GBC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,385 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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.

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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.

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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. Il aurait peut être fallu repasser ça dans la moulinette à filtrer les parasites.
Sinon, le film reste encore et toujours plaisant à regarder avec un Michel Serrault qui en fait vraiment des tonnes, mais curieusement ça fonctionne! ...Il ne faut pas non plus être allergique aux mauvais doublages, coproduction franco-italienne oblige.
Et puis, rien que pour Galabru en Drag Queen, ce film vaut d'être visionné.
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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. I hope it really is as good and as humourous as my friends once thought it was.
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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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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. French version fails to compare with english on, had much bett actors and was way funnier.
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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.
Whoever put this together should be discombobulated.
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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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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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