La Cage aux Folles II

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La Cage aux Folles II
La Cage aux Folles II FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byÉdouard Molinaro
Produced byMarcello Danon
Written by
Story by
  • Jean Poiret
  • Dialogue:
  • Francis Veber
Based onCharacters
by Jean Poiret
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyArmando Nannuzzi
Edited by
  • Monique Isnardon
  • Robert Isnardon
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 10 December 1980 (1980-12-10) (France)
  • 15 February 1981 (1981-02-15) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
  • France
  • Italy
Box office$7 million[2]

La Cage aux Folles II is a 1980 French comedy film and the sequel to 1979's La Cage aux Folles. It is directed by Édouard Molinaro and stars Michel Serrault as Albin, (stage name ZaZa), the female impersonator star of a gay night-club revue, and Ugo Tognazzi as Renato, his partner of over twenty years.


A spy plants a capsule of microfilm on Albin and from then on spies and government agents pursue him. Albin and Renato travel to Italy to hide at Renato's mother's farm. At each point along the way we see the straight world's reaction to Albin.


Critical response[edit]

The film was favorably reviewed by the critic Pauline Kael in The New Yorker: " La Cage aux Folles II has nothing to do with the art of movies, but it has a great deal to do with the craft and art of acting, and the pleasures of farce. Serrault gives a superb comic performance - his Albin is a wildly fanciful creation. There's a grandeur about Albin's inability to see himself as he is. And maybe it's only in this exaggerated form that a movie about the ridiculousness and the tenderness of married love can be widely accepted now. At the end, after Albin has been kidnapped by the spies, Renato, who is nearby with the police, can't think of anything but his beloved Albin. And, suddenly, forgetting the danger, each starts running toward the other, and they meet between the two armed groups like lovers in an opera. One of the policemen watching their embrace is weeping. "It's beautiful," he says." [3]


  1. ^ "CAGE AUX FOLLES II, LA (SUBTITLED) (AA)". British Board of Film Classification. 25 February 1981. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  2. ^ "La Cage aux Folles 2 (1981)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  3. ^ Pauline Kael, Taking It All In, p.167 ISBN 0-7145-2841-2

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