La cage aux folles (1978) DVD9 Criterion Collection
Renato and Albin are a gay couple living in St Tropez, Renato managing a notorious night club in which Albin performs a drag act. Renato is appalled when he learns that his son, Laurent, (the product of a one-night stand twenty years ago) reveals that he is going to get married - to a young woman. To make matters worse, Laurent's fiancee is the daughter of Simon Charrier, a prudish diplomat who heads a political party of impeccable morals. When Charrier insists on seeing his prospective son-in-law's parents, Renato and Albin have to make drastic changes to their lifestyle to convince him that his daughter is marrying into a respectable family. Needless-to-say, all does not go according to plan...

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:36:56 | 41.4 Gb + 7.55 Gb
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy

Director: Edouard Molinaro
Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier
Country: France, Italy

Extras:

Edouard Molinaro - in this terrific new video interview, director Edouard Molinaro recalls how La Cage aux Folles came to exits, and discusses his difficult relationship with Ugo Tognazzi on and off the set, the film's reception in France and America, his body of work, etc. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in 2013. In French, with optional English subtitles. (19 min).

Archival Footage - Jean Poiret and Michel Serrault, who appeared in the original 1973 stage production of La Cage aux Folles, began their careers working together as a comedy duo on French television in the late '50s. Included here is archival television footage from three different plays featuring the two actors.

1. Les antiquaires - directed by Francois Chatel, Les antiquaires was original broadcast on the program La cle des champs on April 27, 1959. B&W. In French, with optional English subtitles. (11 min).

2. Le monsieur qui veut vendre sa voiture - directed by Jean-Paul Carrere, Le monsieur qui veut vendre sa voiture was originally broadcast on the show Numero special on October 13, 1959. B&W. In French, with optional English subtitles. (7 min).

3. La Cage aux Folles - 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. Color. In French, with optional English subtitles. (11 min).

Laurence Senelick - in this new video interview, professor Laurence Senelick, author of The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre, discusses the evolution of different perceptions of drag performance in theater, La Cage aux Folles and its reception in America, and the film's significance for the mainstream acceptance of drag characters in modern cinema. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in May 2013. In English, not subtitled. (23 min).

Trailers - original English and French trailers for La Cage aux Folles. With optional English subtitles where necessary. (5 min).

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