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The Last Butterfly (1991)

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Stage mime Antoine Moreau (Tom Courtenay) is compelled by the Gestapo to put on a performance for the children of Terezin, a "model" concentration camp, to convince the Red Cross observers ... See full summary »


Karel Kachyna


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Courtenay ... Antoine Moreau
Brigitte Fossey ... Vera
Ingrid Held Ingrid Held ... Michele
Freddie Jones ... Karl Rheinberg
Milan Knazko ... Gruber
Josef Kemr ... Stadler
Ludek Kopriva ... Laub
Pavel Bobek ... Silberstein
Josef Laufer ... Petersen
Drahomíra Fialková Drahomíra Fialková ... Stadlerova
Rudolf Pellar ... Leroux
Jirí Lír ... Steiner
Hana Hegerová ... Singer in the Ghetto
Jitka Molavcová ... Gruber's Secretary
Linda Jablonská Linda Jablonská ... Stella


Stage mime Antoine Moreau (Tom Courtenay) is compelled by the Gestapo to put on a performance for the children of Terezin, a "model" concentration camp, to convince the Red Cross observers that the camp is truly what it seems. Reluctant at first, Moreau slowly learns the true nature of the camp, including the meaning of the "transports" on which people leave. With a world-class orchestra (made up of people interned in the camp) and a cast of children, Moreau stages a show to end all shows. Written by David Albert <albert@fas.harvard.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements

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Czechoslovakia | France | UK


Czech | English

Release Date:

1 January 1991 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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Black and White (end sequence)| Color

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Laub: Look, all your props. I told you we'd find them. Things don't disappear here; people do.
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Si vous voulez savoir
Written by René Sylviano
Lyrics by Jacques Larue
Performed by Georges Guétary
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Compelling drama...
23 December 2001 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 12/23/2001 - 7 out of 10(Dir-Karel Kachyna): Compelling drama about a town of Jewish artists & performers kept from the Nazi concentration camps as long as they met their expectations. When a french mime artist, played well by Tom Courteney, arrives he starts creating pieces of art that disturb the Nazi party in power. The relationship between Courtenay and the children who become part of his plays is the core of the story and despite some slow moments this movie keeps you interested until the end.

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