La Cage Aux Folles
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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 ›
Why? The film quality is not only substandard, but on occasion the frame jumps, as if somebody had bumped the telecine during the process. Additionally, the audio is VERY poor, not only varying in loudness, but at times the French audio track is not even synchronized with the lip movements on screen.
This would be worthy of a re-do by Criterion or other reputable production company...please?
EN : I remember that movie when it came out. Now days, this movie is still a huge reference here, in France, and Albin played by Michel Sérault has played a few parodies of this role in other movies such as "a quarter to two BC" (litteral translation). Therefore, I ordered and recommand the blu ray Criterion edition.
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Super funny and halarious movie. In my opinion,this movie is mich better than the new version "The Bird Cage"with Robin Williams. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jan M. Dorwarth
can't believe how such a stupid film became popular. big waste of time.Published 21 days ago by Juan Pablo Arcila Gomez
Greatly enjoyed this film. It's the same tale as the later "The Birdcage," but the actors and director seemed to pull off the story better.Published 1 month ago by Roddy Moody
How misleading to have the French title and dubbed in English. So much is lost. Want my money back. Tried to watch for 10 minutes. Nope.Published 1 month ago by Half a Brain
Awesome movie,and the actors doing the dubbing do a fine job,but come on,you cannot watch this in English,please Amazon,give us a choice! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Trewthe
Love this movie - had the VHS copy of it, and years later, DVD version. Now it's available on blu ray and especially by Criterion, I had to get it! It looks very, very clear. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wtin Jalanugraha
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