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 St. 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 farce about the importance of nonconformity and the beauty of being true to oneself. A modest French comedy that became 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.
New interview with director Edouard Molinaro
Archival footage featuring actor Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret, writer and star of the original stage production of La Cage aux Folles
New interview with Laurence Senelick, author of The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre