Birds Of A Feather

In less sure hands, this could have wound up as a disaster, but director Edouard Molinaro was skillfully able to film the long-running play and wring every drop of humor from it. Renato and Albin have been lovers for more than 20 years. Albin is the lead “drug queen” of La Cage aux Folles, a Saint-Tropez nightclub, and Renato, the more masculine of the two, runs the day-to-day operations of the boite. Many years before, Renato stepped out of his gay lifestyle long enough to father Laurent in a one-night stand, and since then both men have raised the boy. Now, Laurent comes home from college with the news that he is engaged to Andrea, whose father, Charrier, is the secretary of the blue-nosed Union of Moral Order. As a result, Laurent has lied about his parentage and told his future father-in-love that his father is cultural attache. From this set-up alone, one can guess that the situations that follow–revolving around Charrier's meeting with Renato–lead to some riotous results. Despite the apparent risk of making a movie with two gay leads, Birds of a Feather is basically and old-fashioned bedroom farce–and tamer than most, at that. Nonetheless, it was a huge international hit, spawning a pair of dreadful sequels and a fabulously succesful stage musical. The Virgin Film Guide James Monaco and the editors of Baseline
France İtaly
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1978


Script
Edouard Molinaro
Francis Véber
Jean Poiret
Marcello Danon

Cinematography
Armando Nannuzzi

Editing
Monique Isnardon
Robert Isnardon

Production
Les Productions Artistes Associés

Cast
Carmen Scarpitta
Claire Maurier
Luisa Maneri
Michel Galabru
Michel Serrault
Rémi Laurent Benny Luke
Ugo Tognazzi

Music
Ennio Morricone

Awards
Best Actor César
Best Foreign Actor David di Donatello
Best Foreign Film Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film National Board of Review USA

Festivals
12th Festival on Wheels
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