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One of "the most successful foreign films ever shown in the U.S." (The Wall Street Journal),this "wildly hilarious" (Independent Film Journal) French farce is "giddy, unpretentious andan entirely lovable film" (Time)! When young Laurent returns to exotic St. Tropez, he bears big news for his beloved father, Renato. Laurent has found the girl of his dreams and they are engaged! What's more, she and her family are on their way over for dinner at Renato's home to meet the in-laws-to-be. This traditional meeting of families seems typical, but because this ultraconservative family will be expecting to meet Renato and wife, they'll never be prepared for the shock of meeting Renato and his flamboyant, campy, outrageous loverand dragqueenAlbin! So in agreat effort to please his son, Renato asks Albin for the performance of a lifetime'setting up an unforgettable evening that is charged and ready to detonate an explosion of zaniness and absurdity.
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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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I was very please with this purchase. I have always loved the film and I owned another version of it. Unfortunately, the old DVD version was horrible, it was dark and fuzzy. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Peter Vega
This is one of the funniest films ever. I've seen it several times and will see it again the next time I get the urge to do so. Read morePublished 1 month ago by fussmucker
This French language original is way better than the Hollywood versions, a chance to see the story as it was intended.Published 2 months ago by Lothringen
I saw this movie in 1979 and thought it was second funniest movie I had ever seen (Young Frankenstein is first and remains first) When local theater was presenting La Cage I wanted... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
We can all thank the Criterion Collection for releasing this classic gay film. The extras on the DVD include a couple of interviews, and they are worth the price of the disc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Bengtson
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