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Madame Butterfly

A Feature film by Frédéric Mitterrand

Produced by Idéale Audience, Erato Films

Release in France : 22/11/1995

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Actors (6)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Idéale Audience, Erato Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Idéale Audience International

Co-productions :

Imalyre, France 3 Cinéma

French distribution :

Les Films du Losange

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Nagasaki, 1904 : Admiral Pinkerton seduces the geisha Butterfly. He marries her but stops loving her and deserts her. She still loves Pinkerton and kills herself... "I'am Madame Butterfly ! How many people who have seen Puccini's opera over the last hundred years have thought just that ? The emotion aroused by the misfortunes of the young Ciociosan reminds us of the regrets of our first love and its betrayal."
Frédéric Mitterrand


"Filming "Madame Butterfly" is an act of faith. One must believe in the story with a childlike sincerity in order to emphasize its truth and ignore the criticism and derision of those forceful individuals who denounce its romantic pathos and fin-de-siècle melodrama. One must ignore the controversy concerning "filmed opera", and protect oneself from the quicksand of musical erudition with its clans of inflexible experts. One must revere music and opera as religious values within oneself, and one must not hesitate to place the emphasis on cinematic expression ; the actors must touch, love and behave as if the music didn't exist and both the shots and the camera movements have the task of providing images for the opera score."
(Frédéric Mitterrand)

Full credits (11)

Executive Producers :

Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Pierre-Olivier Bardet

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Frédéric Mitterrand

Director of Photography :

Philippe Welt

Press Attaché (film) :

Régine Vial

Production Designer :

Michèle Abbé

Costume designer :

Christian Gasc

Assistant Director :

Michel Debats

Author of original work :

Giacomo Puccini

Sound recordists :

Guy Level, William Flageollet

Editor :

Luc Barnier

Music Composer :

Giacomo Puccini

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Feature film

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Italian, French

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Nationality :

100% French

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Runtime :

2 h 15 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR


Festival Selections (2)


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1996

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1996)


César award for best costume design : Christian Gasc