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La Cage aux Folles (1978) Coming To Criterion Blu-ray

La Cage aux Folles (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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The Criterion Collection has announced the addition of the foreign comedy La Cage aux Folles to their upcoming slate of Blu-ray releases. The film is directed by Edouard Molinaro and stars Ugo TognazziMichel SerraultClaire MaurierRémi Laurent, and Carmen Scarpitta. La Cage aux Folles is currently available for pre-order online and will be available in stores everywhere beginning on September 10th.

In the film, Renato (Tognazzi) and Albin (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 fiancee 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. The modest 1978 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, starring Robin WilliamsGene Hackman, and Nathan Lane. But with its hilarious performances and ahead-of-its-time social message, there’s nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie.

The Blu-ray will include several special features, including:

  • New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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
  • French and U.S. trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein

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