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La Cage Aux Folles

Jean Poiret's 1973 play of a middle-aged gay couple beset by problems when the 20-year-old son of one announces his marriage, gets uneven film treatment. Most of the characters appear stereotyped and the familiar plotting reveals the gay duo could have easily been heterosexual or an odd couple.

Jean Poiret’s 1973 play of a middle-aged gay couple beset by problems when the 20-year-old son of one announces his marriage, gets uneven film treatment. Most of the characters appear stereotyped and the familiar plotting reveals the gay duo could have easily been heterosexual or an odd couple.

Though predictable, the film has one solid trump in Michel Serrault who makes the more feminine member of the happy couple a very shrewd limning of outsize campy gay attributes that avoid tastelessness. Thesp manages to comment on the queenly, demanding character to garner most of the laughs and the few insights into gay life.

Italo player Ugo Tognazzi is the one who at one time, the only time, was bisexual enough to father a child brought up by him and Serrault. He, too, shows a feel for the surface mannerisms and outlooks of the more male side of the two. The son’s bride-to-be has bluenose parents and the father heads a politico party devoted to moral outlooks.

The pic revolves around fooling the parents, not letting them in on the sex of the boy’s father or his running a transvestite nitery where Serrault is the drag star.

La Cage Aux Folles

Italy - France

  • Production: Da Ma/Artistes Associes. Director Edouard Molinaro; Screenplay Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon, Jean Poiret; Camera Armando Nannuzzi; Editor Robert Isnardon, Monique Isnardon; Music Ennio Morricone
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 103 MIN.
  • With: Ugo Tognazzi Michel Serrault Michel Galabru Claire Maurier Reni Laurent Benny Luke
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