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Madame Butterfly (1995)

The story of a young geisha who falls madly in love with an american captain that travels all around the world collecting hearts.

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Ying Huang ...
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Miki-Lou Pinard ...
Yoshi Oida ...
Qing Wu ...
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The story of a young geisha who falls madly in love with an american captain that travels all around the world collecting hearts.

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22 November 1995 (France)  »

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Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton: She's like a porcelain doll. She sets me on fire.
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Best production of Puccini's opera so far
8 August 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This gorgeously shot and brilliantly directed film version of the opera is the most passionate I've seen. The acting is unusually detailed and truthful for an opera, especially Butterfly's total commitment and Pinkerton's breezy lust.

But why didn't we see his ship sail into the bay? The water and mountains seemed destined for that shot, but didn't deliver. The boy was too old, the voice of the "uncle" in the sky didn't work, but generally it was a deeply moving experience, rising to a terrific climax in her suicide and his remorse. That last closeup of Pinkerton, racked by remorse, lifting the dying Butterfly, was powerful. The film aired in Canada on Aug 8 on the Bravo! TV network. I couldn't tear myself away to get to a party till the final credits were rolling.


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