La Cage aux Folles (film)
|La Cage aux Folles|
French release poster
|Directed by||Édouard Molinaro|
|Produced by||Marcello Danon|
La Cage aux Folles|
by Jean Poiret
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$20.4 million|
La Cage aux Folles is a 1978 Franco-Italian comedy film and the first film adaptation of Jean Poiret's 1973 play of the same name. It is co-written and directed by Édouard Molinaro and stars Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault.
Like the play, the film tells the story of a gay couple – Renato Baldi (Ugo Tognazzi), the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin Mougeotte (Michel Serrault), his star attraction – and the madness that ensues when Renato's son, Laurent (Rémi Laurent), brings home his fiancée, Andrea (Luisa Maneri), and her ultra-conservative parents (Carmen Scarpitta and Michel Galabru) to meet them.
- Ugo Tognazzi as Renato Baldi
- Pierre Mondy as voice of Renato (French release)
- Michel Serrault as Albin Mougeotte/'Zaza Napoli'
- Oreste Lionello as voice of Albin (Italian release)
- Claire Maurier as Simone Deblon
- Rémi Laurent as Laurent Baldi
- Carmen Scarpitta as Louise Charrier
- Benny Luke as Jacob
- Luisa Maneri as Andrea Charrier
- Michel Galabru as Simon Charrier
As of 2014[update], La Cage aux Folles has remained the No. 10. foreign film released in the United States of America. The film was the seconds highest-grossing film of the year in France with 5,406,614 admissions. On Germany it received 2,650,000 admissions, making it was the 11th highest-grossing film of the year.
Awards and honors
|Year||Award||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result|
|1979||César Award||Best Actor||Michel Serrault||Won|
|David di Donatello||David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor||Michel Serrault||Won|
|National Board of Review||National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film (France/Italy)||Won|
|Top Foreign Films||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle||Best Foreign Language Film||2nd Place|
|1980||Academy Awards||Best Director||Édouard Molinaro||Nominated|
|Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium||Francis Veber, Édouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon, Jean Poiret||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Piero Tosi, Ambra Danon||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Foreign Film (France/Italy)||Won|
|Sant Jordi Award||Best Performance in a Foreign Film||Michel Serrault||2nd place|
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Adam and Yves
La Cage aux Folles caught the attention of television producer Danny Arnold, who in 1979 pitched the concept of a weekly series about a gay couple similar to the one in the film to ABC. His planned title was Adam and Yves, a play on both Adam and Eve and a slogan used by some anti-gay groups. After months in development, Arnold realized that the concept was unsustainable as a weekly series, which led to the show getting dropped.
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