Madame Butterfly (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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A vibrant and beautiful French screen adaptation of Puccini's opera set in Japan in 1904.

Full Review… | March 13, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

great art, transcendently moving

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Madame Butterfly


(*** 1/2): [img][/img] An unique and fascinating piece of work.


Sweeping scenery and impressive performance make this already stellar opera a joy to watch on the big screen. I can't say the opera really benefited from being adapted to film, but I found it as captivating as the live performance.

Hannah Hunt
Hannah Hunt

Gorgeous, heartrending music, and excellent performances. I love opera, and this is by far the best I've seenyet.

Shannon Nakai
Shannon Nakai

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