Our film this month is a comedy based on one of the most successful
French plays ever, La Cage aux folles, written by Jean Poiret for
himself and his stage partner Michel Serrault:
Albin's volatile yet loving relationship with his longtime companion
Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) is put to the test when they must pose as a
"normal" family to please the puritanical future in-laws of Renato's
Before making the film, Michel Serrault appeared on stage with Jean
Poiret for 5 years and I thought you might like to see a short extract
of the play, in which Albin is learning to move and drink his tea as
though he was viril Jean Gabin in the film "La bete humaine":
French director Edouard Molinaro, has directed dozen of films but he
is best known for his comedies, notably with Louis de Funes. in 1996,
he was awarded le Prix Rene Clair, a prize given by l'Academie
Francaise, for his contribution to French Cinema.
At a time when the "mariage gay" proposed legislation is making the
headlines in France, with huge demonstrations for or against, I find
it interesting that, almost 40 years ago, a hugely successful play
portrayed in a very touching way two gay men in a long term
I have attached your programme and the poster.
Film in French with English subtitles.
When: Friday 18th January at 7pm for 7.30 film start.
Where: The Alfriston War Memorial Hall
Tickets: £7, Cosmofil Students: £5, Under 20s: FREE
I look forward to seeing you on the 18th for a very entertaining evening.
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