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Genres: Comedy
Actors: Ugo Tognazzi , Michel Serrault , Claire Maurier , Rémi Laurent , Carmen Scarpitta , Benny Luke , Luisa Maneri , Michel Galabru , Venantino Venantini , Carlo Reali , Guido Cerniglia , Angelo Pellegrino , Nicola D’Eramo , Vinicio Diamanti , Liana Del Balzo
Director: Edouard Molinaro
Country: France, Italy
Year: 1978
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 (5031 votes)

Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the transvestite club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner.

Film Review

Kinda spoilery… not really.For my presentation I watched La Cage aux Folles and its American remake, The Birdcage to see the cultural nuances throughout the movies. The original La Cage aux Folles was made in 1978 and The Birdcage was made in 1996. The plots of the two movies were basically the same. The script was repeated almost line-by-line between the new and old versions, except of course, for a few things added and taken away.The basic plot of the movie is there are two gay nightclub owners, Renato/Armand and Albin/Albert who need to act straight when Renato/Armand’s son, Laurent/Val plans to marry a girl with conservative parents. The father of the girl is the vice-president of the coalition for moral order, so of course he wouldn’t be thrilled if he found out the boy’s parents were two gay men. The girl and her parents are invited to dinner and hilarity ensues.Overall the tone of the movie was different between the two versions, as the American version was much more flamboy…

In this film, a young man is about to marry a girl–a girl from an EXTREMELY moralistic family. In fact, her father is a big-wig with a French political party that prides itself on its righteousness and pro-traditional morality stance. This is a serious problem, as the man was raised in a home with two fathers–a biological one and the father's lover–who just happens to be a cross-dressing star of a cabaret! So, to try to get the father to give his blessing, everyone conspires to hide this–to pretend that the young man was raised in a very conservative home. At first, it means possibly having the boy's biological mother pose as the mother–even though she abandoned him when he was a child. Then, when she doesn't show, the father's lover (already a cross-dresser extraordinaire) decides to fill in for her and pretend to be the mother! Will this elaborate ruse work?! A few months ago, my oldest daughter and I saw the play for "La Cage Aux Folles" on Broadw…

The issue between this film and its American remake, "The Birdcage", is not whether the second film glossed over the issues of homosexuality. French culture in 1978 simply did not allow a diplomat’s daughter to marry the son of a nightclub owner, regardless of whether or not the nightclub was a drag club or not, or regardless of whether or not the diplomat was the secretary of the Union for Moral Order. Molinaro’s point about Albin as a drag queen and Renato as his partner was made quite well, and several of the scenes where Albin "goes straight" are quite funny–but they weren’t really the point of the movie. But this film couldn’t be PERFECTLY remade, retaining all of the original facets of the French movie. Mike Nichols couldn’t possibly have made a comparison about the two cultures clashing in the film, in 1996 America. ANYWHERE in 1996 America, for that matter, not just "South Beach" Florida. If you criticize the movie on those grounds, it’s not quit…

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