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My Geisha (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | February 1962 (Austria)
An actress disguises herself as a geisha in order to land the lead role in her director husband's film version of 'Madam Butterfly'.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

Norman Krasna (screenplay), Norman Krasna (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley MacLaine ... Lucy Dell / Yoko Mori
Yves Montand ... Paul Robaix
Edward G. Robinson ... Sam Lewis
Robert Cummings ... Bob Moore
Yôko Tani ... Kazumi Ito
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Kenichi Takata
Tamae Kiyokawa Tamae Kiyokawa ... Amatsu Hisako (as Tamae Kyokawa)
Ichirô Hayakawa Ichirô Hayakawa ... Hisako
Alex Gerry ... Leonard Lewis
Tsugundo Maki Tsugundo Maki ... Shiga
George Furness George Furness ... George (Robaix's butler)
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Storyline

Paul Robaix is a well known director, married to Lucy Dell, a famous movie star. Robaix wants to make a movie of the classic play Madame Butterfly, but he doesn't want his wife to play the leading part, as in his previous pictures. Producer Sam Lewis and Lucy Dell think up a scheme to get her in the picture after all. Lucy disguises as a Geisha, and gets the leading part in the picture. When Robaix finds out he gets so mad, he wants to divorce Lucy... Written by Christian Siemons <siemons@bigfoot.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

February 1962 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi dulce Geisha See more »

Filming Locations:

Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures,Sachiko See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview Shirley MacLaine stated that she was granted permission to live with real Geishas for two weeks, learning the intricacies of the delicate tea ceremony, the Japanese dance and how to play the stringed instrument. She also said that the makeup process caused a lot of problems. Her eyes were slanted by attaching gauze to the corners of her eyes with liquid adhesive. Strings were then fastened to the gauze and pulled around her head. She said that by the end of the picture her temples were raw and they had to shoot the picture carefully so that the damage did not show. She also had problems with the contact lenses, especially during the scene on the hillside when the smoke that was used to simulate mist got under the lenses. See more »

Goofs

A huge premiere is planned for the movie Lucy is working on mere days after the final scene is shot; in reality, a major film of the magnitude she's starring in would take months for editing and other post-production work. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Paul Robaix: Keep bowing, you little ham.
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Connections

References G.I. Blues (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Sequences
Written by Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa
Performed by Shirley MacLaine (dubbed by Michiku Sunahara) and Robert Cummings (dubbed by Barry Morell)
Conducted by Franz Waxman
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top of my "guilty pleasures" list
29 December 2005 | by John BorgSee all my reviews

This film is at the top of my "guilty pleasures" list of films; not a great film but one for which I have great affection. I first saw it in the mid 60's when I was a teenager at a Saturday afternoon matinée. Then, I had no idea what the title meant. The word geisha was totally new to me. At that age I would go to a Saturday matinée and watch whatever was offered, and as I watched this film I found myself falling in love with Shirley MacLaine, the music of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Japan. I credit it with starting my abiding interest in and fascination with the culture of Japan and for my making several visits to that country as an adult. I watch it once a year between Christmas and New Year on my now worn VHS tape version. I have been looking forward, in vain, to it's release on DVD which for some reason has yet to happen and to seeing it once again in all its wide screen charm. p.s. Finally, Paramount has condescended to release this film in DVD format and it looks and sounds great.


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