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Madame Butterfly (1954)

Madama Butterfly (original title)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaoru Yachigusa ... Madame Butterfly
Nicola Filacuridi Nicola Filacuridi ... Pinkerton
Michiko Tanaka Michiko Tanaka ... Suzuki
Ferdinando Lidonni Ferdinando Lidonni ... Sharpless, the Consul
Kiyoshi Takagi Kiyoshi Takagi ... Goro
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Bonze
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Yamadori (as Satoshi Nakamura)
Orietta Moscucci Orietta Moscucci ... Singer: Cio-Cio San
Giuseppe Campora Giuseppe Campora ... Singer: Lt. Pinkerton
Anna Maria Canali Anna Maria Canali ... Singer: Suzuki (as Anna Maria Canale)
Adelio Zagonara Adelio Zagonara ... Singer: Yamadori
Plinio Clabassi Plinio Clabassi ... Singer: Priest
Paolo Carloni Paolo Carloni ... Singer: Goro
Maria Marcangeli Maria Marcangeli ... Singer
Josephine Corry Josephine Corry ... Kate Pinkerton
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Very special version.
19 February 2014 | by dan-928-562313See all my reviews

I'm another one who saw this (also without surtitles) as a six year old and it started a lifelong love of music and opera. Just to add to those that said most Japanese don't believe this - the story of Butterfly was based on a real event not long after the opening up of Japan. This version is embellished with a ten minute intro that sets the scene and then the opera begins. There are so many lovely touches - chocolate box colours and a lovely Japanese actress playing Butterfly and always the heart wrenching music. It really has something special all of its own. Little wonder it has so many fans around the world even though it was made in 1954.

Other purists will note the score has been quite heavily cut- but even this is forgivable and even perhaps part of its charm when it serves as an introduction for first timers - it remains something unique and wonderful.

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29 December 1954 (Italy) See more »

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