La Cage aux Folles

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La Cage aux Folles ★★★½ Birds of a Feather 1978 (R)

Adaption of the popular French play. Gay Saint-Tropex nightclub owner Renato (Tognazzi) and his drag queen lover Albin (Serrault) try to play it straight when Renato's son (Laurent) from a long-ago liaison brings his fiancee and her conservative parents home for dinner. Charming music and lots of fun. So successful, it was followed by two sequels in 1980 and 1985, a Broadway musical, and a 1995 American remake, “The Birdcage.” French with subtitles. 91m/C VHS, DVD . FR Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru, Claire Maurier, Remy Laurent, Benny Luke, Carmen Scarpitta, Luisa Maneri; D: Edouard Molinaro; W: Edouard Molinaro, Francis Veber, Jean Poiret, Marcello Danon; C: Armando Nannuzzi; M: Ennio Morricone. Cesar '79: Actor (Serrault); Golden Globes '80: Foreign Film.