Madame Butterfly
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Puccini's classic opera of a trusting woman and how her love was tragically betrayed comes to the screen in this faithful film adaptation. In the 19th century, an American sailor named Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton (Richard Troxell) arrives in Japan and meets a 15-year-old girl named Cio-Cio-San (Ying Huang), whom he calls Butterfly. Butterfly falls in love with Pinkerton, but he regards their romance as a temporary fling and blithely asks for her hand even though he has no intention of bringing her with him when he returns to the States. Blinded by love, Butterfly marries Pinkerton, even… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Andy Seiler, USA Today
"A vibrant and beautiful French screen adaptation of Puccini's opera set in Japan in 1904."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"great art, transcendently moving"
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
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