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Madama Butterfly (1975)

A young Japanese geisha clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage.

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Giuseppe Giacosa (libretto), Luigi Illica (libretto) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Mirella Freni Mirella Freni ... Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly
Plácido Domingo ... B.F. Pinkerton, Lieutenant in the United States Navy
Christa Ludwig Christa Ludwig ... Suzuki, Cho-Cho-San's servant
Robert Kerns Robert Kerns ... Sharpless, United States Consul
Michel Sénéchal Michel Sénéchal ... Goro, marriage broker
Giorgio Stendoro Giorgio Stendoro ... Prince Yamadori
Marius Rintzler Marius Rintzler ... The Bonzo
Elke Schary Elke Schary ... Kate Pinkerton, wife
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A young Japanese geisha clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage.

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

14 September 1975 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Butterfly See more »

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Stereo

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film clearly shows a black US sailor assisting Pinkerton to move into his Japanese home. This is highly unlikely as, sadly, the US Navy was one of the last US institutions to accept black recruits and even as as late as WW2, only permitted them to serve as cooks or cleaners, etc. See more »

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Almost perfect video version of Madama Butterfly
24 August 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I really liked this production as a whole. The scenery was beautiful, almost exactly how I imagined it, and another obvious plus is the phenomenal score by Puccini, very lyrical yet even dramatic in places. The singing was fantastic, Mirella Freni, who I still consider to be the best Mimi of the 20th century no offense to Renata Tebaldi, flawless vocally as Butterfly with wonderful eyes and an expressive face, if perhaps too old for the part. (she is 6 years older than Domingo). Placido Domingo was excellent as Pinkerton, very handsome in looks with superb acting and in fine vocal form too. Also impressive were Robert Kerns as Sharpless and Christa Ludwig as Suzuki, both very sympathetic portrayals of their characters. The orchestra was also excellent, and it showed having the fantastic conductor Herbert Von Karajan bringing the beautiful score to life. In fact, the only complaint I have was Butterfly's death scene, for some reason I didn't think it was dramatic enough. Other than that, beautiful! 8.5/10 Bethany Cox.


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