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Two gay men (Renato and Albin) live together and run a nightclub in St. Tropez in the South of France. They have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men decides to get married to the daughter of a deputé (roughly an MP or a Senator). As the deputé belongs to a party representing the Moral Majority, it is necessary to give a makeover to the two men before they meet the deputé and his straight-laced wife.

Wonderfully sympathetic yet also massively politically incorrect - always a good combination. This film has served the useful purpose of converting hundreds of homophobes into relatively normal human beings.

Michel Serrault (a superb actor) and Benny Luke both have great fun camping it up, while Ugo Tognazzi plays it relatively straight - but watch out for his uncontrollable pinkie. Michel Galabru as the conservative deputé, Simon Charrier, steals the show - watch out for the scene where his wife reminds him of his humble origins - and the one where he learns that the leader of his party has died in the arms of a prostitute.

Overall, this film is nicely calculated, with just the right amount of pathos.

The film was remade for US audiences as "Birdcage" - as always, a poor imitation of the original.


Genre: Comedy
Year: 1978
Runtime: 100 min / USA:96 min
Country: France / Italy
Colour: Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix: Mono
Directed by Edouard Molinaro
Writing credits Marcello Danon
Edouard Molinaro

Ugo Tognazzi, Renato Baldi
Michel Serrault, Albin Mougeotte/ 'Zaza Napoli'
Claire Maurier, Simone
Rémi Laurent, Laurent Baldi
Carmen Scarpitta, Louise Charrier
Benny Luke, Jacob
Luisa Maneri, Andrea Charrier
Michel Galabru, Simon Charrier
Venantino Venantini, chauffeur
Carlo Reali
Guido Cerniglia
Angelo Pellegrino
Nicola D'Eramo
Vinicio Dimanti, Vinicio Diamanti
Liana Del Balzo, Mme Charrier

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