Last Butterfly


Karel Kachyna and Ota Hofman adapted Michael Jacot's novel for this drama of a mime artist in Nazi-occupied Paris who is forced to put on a show for Red Cross observers in the Nazis' model "city of the Jews," Terezin, Czechoslovakia.
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Karel Kachyna and Ota Hofman adapted Michael Jacot's novel for this drama of a mime artist in Nazi-occupied Paris who is forced to put on a show for Red Cross observers in the Nazis' model "city of the Jews," Terezin, Czechoslovakia.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Films that deal with the Holocaust, such as The Last Butterfly, have a special burden placed upon them. How is one to present unspeakable evil and brutality when dealing with a situation which did in fact exist? Going "for the drama" creates an artificial excitement that, while it may be essential to good moviemaking, can trivialize the very real horrors of the Nazi purge. Yet being too careful, too respectful can create a work that is unintentionally hollow, that doesn't create the visceral response in the audience that is necessary to get across the dreadful impact of the Holocaust. Butterfly opts for something closer to this latter approach, and while the result has more emotional impact than might be expected, it is still one that perhaps produces more a feeling of despair and depression than one of outrage. That, of course, is a legitimate reaction to the Nazis' attempted cleansing and shouldn't be discounted; but it will cause some viewers to choose to abandon Butterfly before it is over. For those who stick with it, the accumulated detail and emotional build will be significant. Looked at from a strictly dramatic point of view, the plot and character development is quite good, and there are a number of powerful scenes. And in the central role, Tom Courtenay provides a nuanced, controlled yet impactful performance that lingers in the memory long after the final frame.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • UPC: 016351030696
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Source: Shanachie
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,242

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Courtenay Antoine Moreau
Brigitte Fossey Vera
Ingrid Held Michele
Freddie Jones Karl Rheinberg
Linda Jablonska Stella
Josef Kemr Stadler
Milan Knazko Gruber
Ludek Kopriva Laub
Jiri Lir Steiner
Jiri Malek Otto
Jitka Molavcova Gruber's Secretary
Rudolf Pellar Leroux
Josef Laufer Petersen
Technical Credits
Karel Kachyna Director, Screenwriter
Jiri Brozek Editor
Zbynek Hloch Production Designer
Ota Hofman Screenwriter
Jiri Krejcik Jr. Cinematographer
Ester Krumbachova Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven North Producer
Alex North Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Play Program [:10]
2. Europe's Greatest Mime [:00]
3. Gestapo Interrogation [9:49]
4. Welcome to Terezin [8:57]
5. Auditions [6:07]
6. Rehearsal [14:23]
7. Whitewash for the Red Cross [9:47]
8. German Collaborator [4:42]
9. On the Next Transport [13:17]
10. Hansel and Gretal and Dreams [5:23]
11. Why Aren't the Children Playing? [12:22]
12. The Grand Performance [5:05]
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Side #1 --
   Play Program
   Scene Access
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