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Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

A Feature film by Frédéric Mitterrand

Produced by Idéale Audience, Erato Films

Release in France : 22/11/1995


    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."

    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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    International releases (15)

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    "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 (13)

    Executive Producers :

    Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Pierre-Olivier Bardet

    Adaptation :

    Frédéric Mitterrand

    Director of Photography :

    Philippe Welt

    Camera Operator :

    Pascal Gennesseaux

    Editor :

    Luc Barnier

    Music Composer :

    Giacomo Puccini

    Sound Mixer :

    William Flageollet

    Assistant Director :

    Michel Debats

    Author of original work :

    Giacomo Puccini

    Sound Recordist :

    Guy Level

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Régine Vial

    Production Designer :

    Michèle Abbé

    Costume designer :

    Christian Gasc

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Film musical

    Production language :

    Italian, French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Great Britain, Germany

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France, Great Britain, Germany)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 15 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    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