Madame Butterfly (1996)



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French filmmaker Frederic Mitterrand offers a faithful adaptation of Puccini's tragic opera. After marrying 15-year-old Butterfly, dastardly American Naval officer Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton sets sail without her. Butterfly faithfully waits, but when Pinkerton returns, he is accompanied by his American wife, and the shattered Butterfly ends her life.


Critic Reviews for Madame Butterfly

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Besides a visual combination of authentic Japanese realism and picturesque, dream-like cinematography that matches the lushness of Puccini's music, director Frederic Mitterrand gives the opera a distinctively cinematic gravity and subtlety.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4
USA Today
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A vibrant and beautiful French screen adaptation of Puccini's opera set in Japan in 1904.

Mar 13, 2002 | Full Review…

great art, transcendently moving

Jan 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Madame Butterfly

A favorite.

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