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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?
The story tells of the owner of a gay nightclub, La Cage Aux Folles, one Renato Baldi (Ugo Tognazzi), whose son Laurent (Rémi Laurent) comes home to inform him he is getting married. Because his father has come to live a very openly gay lifestyle with his partner, Albin (Michel Serrault), a drag queen who performs in his club and who is very openly effeminate in real life as well, Laurent is very concerned that his father make a good impression on his fiancée's conservative family, who happen to be involved in politics and are very concerned about negative publicity. The only problem is that the fiancée, Andrea (Luisa Maneri), has also told a little white lie to her family that her fiancé's father is a cultural attaché. Of course, the lie ultimately breaks down when the families meet. The groom's father invites the mother, Simone (Claire Maurier), to come, but then Albin decides, without informing anyone, to dress up as a woman and pretend to be the mother, and the result is classic farce as anyone could expect.Read more ›
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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 5 days ago by Wtin Jalanugraha
It is to old fashioned now. Was hysterical when it was new.
It is much better in French with subtitles.
....this movie is in french and is subtitles....just FYI.....it is one of the funniest movies ever.....the remake with robin williams... Read morePublished 27 days ago by darlene guyett
A great tale of a club owner and his partner the best act. And their son who wants to be from the average hetro couple to meet the family he wants to marry into. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jordyn skye
Entertaining but grotesque. I don't believe that homosexuals are that ridiculous.Published 3 months ago by rwx
I went through the AIDs years with 2 dying friends...the simple Christian humility of these fellows makes all the craziness turn out all right. This is a great classic.Published 4 months ago by D. Clark
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