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M. Butterfly (1993)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1 October 1993 (USA)
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In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.

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David Hemblen ...
Intelligence Officer #1
Damir Andrei ...
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Tristram Jellinek ...
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Storyline

During the Cultural Revolution in China in the mid-1960s, a French diplomat falls in love with a singer in the Beijing Opera. Interwoven with allusions to the Puccini opera "Madama Butterfly", a story of love and betrayal unfolds. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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china | opera | spy | betrayal | 1960s | See more »

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Rated R for sexuality and a brief bloody sequence | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$1,499,795 (USA)
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Peter Weir passed on the chance to direct. See more »

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The word accordion is misspelled "accordian" in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Comrade Chin: Don't you understand how degrading those images are to women? And why do you have to behave this way when he is not even here?
Song Liling: Comrade, in order to better serve the Great Proletarian State, I practice my deception as often as possible. I despise this costume, yet for the sake of our Great Helmsman, I will endure it, along with all the other bourgeois Western perversions.
Comrade Chin: I'm not convinced that this will be enough to redeem you in the eyes of the Party.
Song Liling: I'm trying my best to become somebody else.
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beautiful, moving, compelling
22 February 1999 | by (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – See all my reviews

This is David Cronenburg's best, based on a true story as bizarre and compelling as his other bizarre and compelling stories. John Lone is wondrous and Jeremy Irons is his usual cold, repressed upper class self. Perfect casting for a provocative director filming a moving story of love and loss.


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