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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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This French language original is way better than the Hollywood versions, a chance to see the story as it was intended.Published 11 days 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 14 days 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 22 days ago by Thomas Bengtson
This is the original , the Bird Cage with Robin Williams was a remake and not that good of one. Saw this movie for the fist time in 78-79 it was funny then and is still funny... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sean Bard
Very entertaining! Bird Cage was a good American version. Loved them both!Published 1 month ago by Claire Puckett
The performance by Michel Serrault is real genius. Unique. Magnificent.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The movie was hilarious! The characters were cast brilliantly. Picture and sound quality were somewhat below par. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lublow
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