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Monday, May 10, 2021

La Cage Aux Folles (1979)

A middle aged gay couple are the owner (Ugo Tognazzi) and the star (Michel Serrault) of a popular drag club in Saint Tropez. When their son (Remi Laurent) announces he is going to marry the daughter (Luisa Maneri) of a right wing politician (Michel Galabru), they attempt to be more conservative and redecorate their flamboyant home into a more austere residence and, of course, hide their true sexual identities. Based on the play by Jean Poiret and directed by Edouard Molinaro. An international hit and an arthouse success in the U.S., it was popular enough to spawn two sequels, an American remake (THE BIRDCAGE) and a Broadway musical. Some 40 years later, its stereotyping of gay culture diminishes it somewhat but it remains a hilarious farce with a standout performance by Serrault, who won the Cesar (the French Oscar) for his performance here. With Carmen Scarpitta, Benny Luke and Claire Maurier.

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