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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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It's the WACKIEST HOAX That Ever Turned the Screen Hilarious! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

Sam Lewis: I'm not a philosopher; I'm a film producer!
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Connections

References The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

MADAMA BUTTERFLY
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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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Shirley as Madam Butterfly will tear your heart out.
5 June 2003 | by georgeleagueSee all my reviews

Most of this movie is a regular romantic comedy with some excellent stars. But the end of the movie, where Shirley plays the death scene from Madam Butterfly, will make you weep. I first saw this when I was in the military, and had never seen Madam Butterfly. After seeing this movie, I went to the opera to see the full opera, and it has become my favorite. Having seen the death scene many times in my life, Shirley's performance still ranks up there with the best.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

February 1962 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

My Geisha See more »

Filming Locations:

Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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