It's hard to resist the flamboyant opening of The Birdcage. As the camera swoops into a gaudy Miami nightclub and focuses on a collection of drag queens performing to the iconic Sister Sledge song We Are Family, it becomes clear that Mike Nichols' film is both a queer sanctuary and a comedic haven. Released 25 years ago this week, Nichols' film, a remake of the French film La Cage aux Folles, about a gay couple hosting an ill-fated dinner party, remains remarkably relevant in its comedic sensibilities. As Dr Matthew Jones, Reader in Cinema Audiences and Reception at De Montfort University, puts it: "It helped an audience traumatised by a decade of living day-to-day with the threat of disease and death to laugh again. The film centres on a gay couple, Armand Robin Williams and Albert Nathan Lane , hosting an ill-fated diner party for their son's future in-laws Credit: Alamy. Nichols' brazen film, one of the director's last before his career slowed in the s, is in many ways a classic farce.
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