A Cage of Nightingales

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).

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


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.


  1. French box office of 1945 at Box Office Story
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