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La Cage Aux Folles

by

Roger Davidson

La Cage Aux Folles
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This is a hysterical comedy, from French director Edouard Molinaro. The story involves a middle-aged gay couple (Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault), who are asked by Tognazzi's son to play it straight for one night. The son makes this request because he is about to bring home his fiancee and her parents and is worried about the parent-in-law's to be reaction, since her father is a minister of moral standards!

Sound familiar? It should, because this is where The Birdcage got it's story from. I must say that this is as funny (if not funnier) as the Americanized version. Some of my favorite scenes include Tognazzi trying to teach Serrault to act "macho" and of course, the dinner sequence, where everything that could possibly go wrong, does. The story was obviously inspired from the screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's, but also has a certain touch of originality, lacking in other films that try to emphasize that particular genre. If for nothing else, see it for Serrault's flamboyant performance. It's a scream!

My Rating = Four Stars


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