La Cage aux Folles Film Still

La Cage aux Folles

Edouard Molinaro

 
La Cage aux Folles (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1978
  • 96 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #671

Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) and Albin (Michel Serrault)—a middle-aged gay couple who are the manager and star performer at a glitzy drag club in Saint-Tropez—agree to hide their sexual identities, along with their flamboyant personalities and home decor, when the ultraconservative parents of Renato’s son’s fiancée come for a visit. This elegant comic scenario kicks off a wild and warmhearted French farce about the importance of nonconformity and being true to oneself. 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.

Cast

Renato BaldiUgo Tognazzi
Albin Mougeotte, a.k.a. Zaza NapoliMichel Serrault
Simone Deblon Claire Maurier
Laurent Baldi Rémi Laurent
Louise Charrier Carmen Scarpitta
Jacob Benny Luke
Andréa Charrier Luisa Maneri
Simon Charrier Michel Galabru
Charrier’s chauffeur Venantino Venantini
Bouncer Carlo Reali
Doctor Guido Cerniglia
Nightclub assistant Angelo Pellegrino
Madame Charrier Liana Del Balzo
Voice of Renato BaldiPierre Mondy

Credits

DirectorEdouard Molinaro
From the play byJean Poiret
Adaptation and dialogueFrancis Veber, Edouard Molinaro, Jean Poiret and Marcello Danon
MusicEnnio Morricone
PhotographyArmando Nannuzzi
Edited byMonique Isnardon and Robert Isnardon
Tognazzi’s and Serrault’s costumes byAmbra Danon
SoundMario Dallimonti
Production designMario Garbuglia
Produced byMarcello Danon

Disc Features

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with director Edouard Molinaro
  • Archival footage featuring actor Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret, writer and star of the original stage production of La Cage aux Folles
  • New interview with Laurence Senelick, author of The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre
  • French and U.S. trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein

    New cover by Maurice Vellekoop

Film Essays

La_cage_feature_thumbnail

La Cage aux Folles: Folles Family Values

By David Ehrenstein September 09, 2013

As outré as it is, the most subversive thing about this classic farce is its take on what’s normal. Read more »


Film Essays

La Cage aux folles

By Michael Lassell September 30, 1992

Eduoard Molinaro’s hilarious La Cage aux folles, based on Jean Poiret’s play, is one of the most successful foreign films ever released in the U.S. The unprecedented popularity of this . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

La_cage_feature_thumbnail

La Cage aux Folles: Folles Family Values

By David Ehrenstein September 09, 2013

As outré as it is, the most subversive thing about this classic farce is its take on what’s normal. Read more »


Film Essays

La Cage aux folles

By Michael Lassell September 30, 1992

Eduoard Molinaro’s hilarious La Cage aux folles, based on Jean Poiret’s play, is one of the most successful foreign films ever released in the U.S. The unprecedented popularity of this . . . Read more »

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