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La Cage aux Folles Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

An international comedy sensation based on a successful French stage play, La Cage aux Folles depicts the farcical chaos that results when a gay man attempts to pose as straight for the benefit of his son's future in-laws. Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) owns a popular nightclub and is the long-time lover of Zaza (Michel Serrault), a female impersonator who is the club's main attraction. Unfortunately, Renato's son Laurent (Remy Laurent) has told none of this to his future father-in-law, an important figure in a morally conservative political organization. Not wanting to ruin his son's chance of happiness, Renato agrees to pose as a straight man, but he finds his familiar habits, and those of the even more flamboyant Zaza, getting in the way at every turn. Zaza is the one who comes up with what he thinks is an ideal solution: he'll dress in drag and pose as Renato's wife. Naturally, the plan does not pan out as expected. La Cage aux Folles' pleasant, unthreatening comic sensibility attracted a large mainstream audience in both Europe and the United States, which was at the time unusual for a film with a homosexual theme. Indeed, the film was popular enough to inspire two remakes: a stage musical and, nearly two decades later, the Hollywood comedy The Birdcage with Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, and Gene Hackman. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:May 13, 1978

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marcello Danon Best Adapted Screenplay 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Piero Tosi Best Costume Design 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Francis Veber Best Adapted Screenplay 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Poiret Best Adapted Screenplay 1979 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Michel Serrault Best Actor 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edouard Molinaro Best Director 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edouard Molinaro Best Adapted Screenplay 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ambra Danon Best Costume Design 1979 Nominee

Cast

Ugo Tognazzi
as Renato
Michel Serrault
as Albin/ZaZa
Michel Galabru
as Charrier
Claire Maurier
as Simone
Remi Laurent
as Laurent
Benny Luke
as Jacob
Luisa Maneri
as Andrea
Carmen Scarpitta
as Madame Charrier

Crew

Edouard Molinaro
Director
Marcello Danon
Producer
Marcello Danon
Screenwriter
Francis Veber
Screenwriter
Edouard Molinaro
Screenwriter
Jean Poiret
Play Author
Jean Poiret
Screenwriter
Armando Nannuzzi
Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Monique Isnardon
Editor
Robert Isnardon
Editor
Mario Garbuglia
Art Director
Piero Tosi
Costume Designer
Carlo Gervasi
Set Decorator
Ambra Danon
Costume Designer
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