A Cage of Nightingales

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La Cage aux rossignols
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Directed by Jean Dréville
Written by Georges Chaperot (story)
René Wheeler (story & screenplay)
Noël-Noël (adaptation, dialogue & screenplay)
Starring Noël-Noël
Micheline Francey
Georges Biscot
Cinematography Paul Cotteret
Marcel Weiss
Edited byJacques Grassi
Music by René Cloërec
Distributed byCompagnie Parisienne de Location de Films
Release date
6 September 1945 (1945-09-06)
Running time
89 minutes
Box office5,085,489 admissions (France) [1]

A Cage of Nightingales (French: La Cage aux rossignols) is a 1945 French film directed by Jean Dréville. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Story, and served as an inspiration for the film The Chorus (2004).



Clement Mathieu seeks to publish his novel without success. With the help of a friend who is a journalist, his story about the 'Cage of Nightingales' is slipped surreptitiously into a newspaper...

In France, in the 1930s, a supervisor at a rehabilitation house awakens difficult teens' inner musical tendencies by forming a choir, despite the director's skepticism. Later, this experience is reported in a novel in a major newspaper.

The history of the Cage of Nightingales' is directly inspired by that of an actual educational centre, called Ker Goat, where Jacques Dietz, Roger Riffier and their teams worked to help children in difficulty through choral singing and innovative teaching methods.



The film was the second most popular movie at the French box office in 1945. [1] A highly regarded adaptation of the film, under the title Les Choristes (English title: The Chorus) came out in 2004, and starred the French actor Gérard Jugnot. It was directed by Christophe Barratier.

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  1. 1 2 French box office of 1945 at Box Office Story