La Cage aux Folles (film)

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1978 comedy film directed by Édouard Molinaro, based on Jean Poiret's 1973 play of the same name.

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La Cage aux Folles (play)

1973 French farce by Jean Poiret centering on confusion that ensues when Laurent, the son of a Saint Tropez night club owner and his gay lover, brings his fiancée's ultraconservative parents for dinner.

1973 French farce by Jean Poiret centering on confusion that ensues when Laurent, the son of a Saint Tropez night club owner and his gay lover, brings his fiancée's ultraconservative parents for dinner.

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A French-Italian film of the play was made in 1978 (with two sequels La Cage aux Folles II (1980), directed by Édouard Molinaro and La Cage aux Folles 3: 'Elles' se marient (1985), directed by Georges Lautner.) In 1983, Poiret's play was adapted in the United States as a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and later remade as the American film The Birdcage.

Nichols c. 1960s

Mike Nichols

American film and theater director, producer, actor, and comedian.

American film and theater director, producer, actor, and comedian.

Nichols c. 1960s
Nichols and May, c. 1960
Theater program from 1961

In the 1990s, Nichols directed several more successful, well-received films including Postcards from the Edge (1990) starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine; Primary Colors (1998) starring John Travolta and Emma Thompson; and The Birdcage (1996), an American remake of the 1978 French film La Cage aux Folles starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest.

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The Birdcage

1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, adapted by Elaine May, and starring Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, and Dianne Wiest.

1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, adapted by Elaine May, and starring Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, and Dianne Wiest.

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It is an English-language remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles and the musical of the same name.

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La Cage aux Folles II

The Return of Tarzan, official sequel to Tarzan of the Apes

La Cage aux Folles II is a 1980 French comedy film and the sequel to 1978's La Cage aux Folles.

May performing in 1959

Elaine May

American comedian, film director, screenwriter, playwright, and actress.

American comedian, film director, screenwriter, playwright, and actress.

May performing in 1959
May, Nichols and Dorothy Loudon, 1959
Nichols and May, 1960
Theater program from 1961
Nichols and May
May receiving the Medal of Arts award from President Obama, July 13, 2013

May reunited with her former comic partner, Mike Nichols, for the 1996 film The Birdcage, an American adaptation of the classic French farce La Cage aux Folles.

Lane after a performance of Angels in America in 2018

Nathan Lane

American actor and writer.

American actor and writer.

Lane after a performance of Angels in America in 2018
Nathan Lane at the 1998 Primetime Emmy Awards
(L-R) Rupert Grint, Stockard Channing, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Nathan Lane, F. Murray Abraham, Micah Stock in It's Only a Play in 2014

He played supporting roles in films like Frankie and Johnny (1991) with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer and Life with Mikey (1993) with Michael J. Fox, after which Mike Nichols cast him in his breakout role opposite Robin Williams in The Birdcage (1996), the American remake of La Cage aux Folles.

Serrault at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival

Michel Serrault

French stage and film actor who appeared from 1954 until 2007 in more than 130 films.

French stage and film actor who appeared from 1954 until 2007 in more than 130 films.

Serrault at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival

He recreated the role for the film version of the play, which was released in 1978.

Tognazzi in The Magnificent Cuckold (1964)

Ugo Tognazzi

Italian actor, director, and screenwriter.

Italian actor, director, and screenwriter.

Tognazzi in The Magnificent Cuckold (1964)

While he worked primarily in Italian cinema, Tognazzi is perhaps best remembered for his role as Renato Baldi, the gay owner of a St. Tropez nightclub, in the 1978 French comedy La Cage aux Folles which became the highest grossing foreign film ever released in the U.S.

Jean Poiret

French actor, director, and screenwriter.

French actor, director, and screenwriter.

Its film adaptation in 1978 eventually brought Poiret immense success.

Galabru in 1999

Michel Galabru

French actor.

French actor.

Galabru in 1999

He worked with the actors Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault in La Cage aux Folles, La Cage aux Folles II, and La Cage aux Folles 3: The Wedding; and Le viager.