Edouard Molinaro director of the hugely successful, Oscar nominated comedy, La Cage aux Folles has died in Paris from lung failure aged-85.
Molinaro directed some of France’s most well-known actors including Louis de Funés and the Belgian singer Jacques Brel, but was best known for La Cage aux Folles starring Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi. The film recounts the hilarious story of a gay couple who try to pretend they are straight so their son can marry into the family of an ultra-conservative politician.
The film was later remade in the US with Robin Williams in the Serrault role
A statement from the French president’s office described the director as having “the talent for attracting a broad public to quality films. This film-maker, who had a rich and varied career, directed the greatest actors of French cinema while winning over the public, and winning the admiration of his peers, at the same time.”
Molinaro ended his career in télévision succesfully adapting for thé small screen such French classics as Balzac’s Nana with Lou Doillon and What Maisie Knew by American author Henry James.