Online Film Club: La Cage aux folles

Online Film Club: La Cage aux folles

Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Free Admission - Donations encouraged
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Before Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, the flamboyant power couple lighting up the silver screen was Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault - this week's heartwarming and gut-busting farce à la française is the original Birdcage


La Cage aux folles (1978)

Available for rental on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and iTunes

Meeting the parents is always kind of awkward, but Édouard Molinaro's brilliant, socially-minded comedy takes it to a whole new level. Laurent is excited to introduce his fiancée (and her parents) to his own family, and has planned a dinner for all the in-laws to get to know each other. There's one problem - no-one really expects the ultra-conservative parents of the bride to get along with Renato and Albin, Laurent's two hopelessly flamboyant fathers. Willing to do anything to make sure the dinner goes off without a hitch, Renato and Albin concoct a scheme to play it straight - literally. Will Albin's talents as a drag performer be enough to trick the bigots? 

As silly as the story is, this film has won a perservering legacy as one of the most socially significant comedies of the modern era. Renato and Albin are camp as can be, but the film's message is far from frivolous, and what appears at first to be a simple comedy of errors reveals itself to be a kind-spirited testament to love and acceptance. If you liked Mike Nichols' American adaptation (or the play!), you'll love the original. 




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered. Join us for a laid-back, weekly discussion of classic films, as we explore the weirder side of the French canon. This ain’t your grandma’s Godard! 

Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Monday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some historical context, potential discussion points to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Saturday at 2 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. Since we’ll be having our meetings over zoom, the group size will be limited to 15 registrants. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.