La Cage aux folles (Birds of a Feather). 1978. France/Italy. Directed by Édouard Molinaro. Screenplay by Jean Poiret, Francis Veber, Molinaro, Marcello Danon. With Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier. In Italian; English subtitles. 97 min.
An international blockbuster that begat two sequels and a Tony Award–winning Broadway musical, La Cage was adapted from Jean Poiret’s warm-and-winning stage farce about a pair of aging queens—Renato, owner of a scandalous St. Tropez nightclub (Tognazzi), and Albin (Serrault), his transvestite “roommate”—who, through a series of exquisitely timed comic set pieces, attempt to conceal their gay “lifestyle” from the ultraconservative soon-to-be in-laws of Renato’s son.
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