Mike Nichols’ Adaptation of “La Cage aux Folles” and the Broadway Smash “Fiddler on the Roof” Among September’s Reel 13 Offerings on THIRTEEN
“The Birdcage,” director Mike Nichols’ Americanized adaptation of Jean Poiret’s popular French farce “La Cage Aux Folles” (with a screenplay by Nichols’ former comic partner Elaine May, based on the play and the original 1978 French film’s screenplay by Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon, and Poiret), airs on Reel 13 on Saturday, September 14.
Besides the original French film version, which spawned no less than two cinematic sequels, the play also served as the basis for the Jerry Herman musical hit. Nichols’ film is not a musical, but includes incidental songs by Stephen Sondheim and others. The series is pre-empted on September 7 for special programming.
Very much a musical, the worldwide hit “Fiddler on the Roof” also airs during the month (Sept. 21) with its popular songs by Jerry Boch and Sheldon Harnick intact.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.
“The Birdcage” (1996) Dir: Mike Nichols
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a gay couple pretending to be man and wife when conservative future in-laws visit. With Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest.
“Rachel Getting Married” (2008) Dir: Jonathan Demme
Anne Hathaway as a young woman in rehab, returning home for her sister’s wedding. With Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, and Bill Irwin.
“Fiddler on the Roof” (1971) Dir: Norman Jewison
In czarist Russia, a poor Jewish milkman (Topol) tries to marry off his five daughters. Based on the hit Broadway musical. With Norma Crane and Leonard Frey.
“King of Devil’s Island” (2010) Dir: Marius Holst
Inmates in a brutal Norwegian boys’ reform school rise up against their tormentors. With Benjamin Helstad, Trond Nilssen, and Stellan Skarsgård.
“Strangers on a Train” (1951) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
A psychopath (Robert Walker) involves a tennis player (Farley Granger) in a murder pact in this Hitchcock classic. With Ruth Roman.
“Hello Lonesome” (2010) Dir: Adam Reid
Six lonely people try to turn their lives around. With Kamel Boutros, Harry Chase, and Lynn Cohen.
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