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M. Butterfly (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, History, 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 ...
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Damir Andrei ...
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Margaret Ma ...
Song's Maid
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 All (21) »

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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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Trivia

David Cronenberg loved the play so much that when he heard a movie was being made about it, he volunteered immediately to direct it. See more »

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

Quotes

Song Liling: I am slightly afraid of scandal.
Rene Gallimard: What are we doing that's scandalous?
Song Liling: I'm entertaining you in my parlor.
Rene Gallimard: Where I come from, that would hardly be construed as...
Song Liling: You come from France. France is a country living in the modern era, perhaps even ahead of it. China is a nation whose soul is firmly rooted 2000 years in the past. What I do - even pouring tea for you now - it has implications. Please go. Please, Monsieur Gallimard...
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Enigmatic Scorcher and FASCINATING!
12 November 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Jeremy Irons and John Lone (who plays the character, Song Liling) should both have gotten academy awards for their performance in this incredibly enigmatic and captivating scorcher of a movie. This is a completely new twist on on the classic opera and may even be more of a believable story because it is so creatively wicked. It has a sexual tension that holds throughout the whole movie and is entirely played out in the mind and sensuously mesmerizing at the same time.

It's an emotionally tortuous journey that Jeremy Irons makes in the name of love (?), and more likely addicted passion. John Lone's performance is exceptional as one who is just as driven and hooked psychologically in his own way as what it is in him that drives him to fulfill Jeremy's ecstasy and descent into irretrievable madness.

Definitely one of the best movies ever! I hope this makes it to DVD sometime soon as it surely deserves to be seen again and again.


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