La Cage aux Folles

La Cage aux Folles

Directed by Edouard Molinaro • 1978 • France
Starring Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier

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.

La Cage aux Folles
  • La Cage aux Folles

    Directed by Edouard Molinaro • 1978 • France
    Starring Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier

    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...

Extras

  • Edouard Molinaro on LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

    Edouard Molinaro’s career as a film and television director has spanned more than sixty years. In this interview, conducted in April 2013, he reminisces about LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, which was both his biggest hit and his biggest struggle.

  • Jean Poiret and Michel Serrault on “Les Antiquaires”

    Jean Poiret and Michel Serrault, costars of the original 1973 stage production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, began as a sketch comedy duo on French television in the late fifties. The following archival television footage—two comic sketches and an excerpt from a broadcast of a performance of the play—sh...

  • Le Monsieur qui veut vendre sa voiture

    Directed by Jean-Paul Carrère, “Le monsieur qui veut vendre sa voiture” was originally broadcast on the show Numéro spécial on October 13, 1959.

  • LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Theatrical Production Excerpt, 1973

    This excerpt from a television broadcast of the original theatrical production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES first aired on February 1, 1973, and was directed by Pierre Mondy.

  • Laurence Senelick on LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

    In this interview, conducted in May 2013, professor Laurence Senelick, the author of “The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre,” situates LA CAGE AUX FOLLES within the centuries-old tradition of drag performance, and talks about the impact the film had on the contemporary understanding of sexuali...

  • LA CAGE AUX FOLLES English Trailer