M. Butterfly

M. Butterfly

Jeremy Irons
Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
, John Lone
John Lone
, Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
David Cronenberg


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David Cronenberg's cinematic intensity eviscerates this adaptation of David Henry Hwang's passionate stage production. Based on a true incident involving a French diplomat who carried on an affair for 18 years with a man the diplomat thought was a woman, M. Butterfly begins in 1964 Beijing when French foreign service employee Rene Gallimard (Jeremy Irons) becomes smitten with Chinese opera performer Song Liling (John Lone). Before long, Gallimard is enamored with Song, and they begin an inflamed affair -- bracketed by the stipulation that Gallimard will never be allowed to look upon her in a state of complete undress. Gallimard agrees to the rules, but, as he climbs up the diplomatic ladder, the communist government gets involved, corralling Song to become an informer for the government. When, at last, Gallimard's passion demands nudity, Song flees the relationship. Gallimard, pining for his lost love, then becomes a physical and mental wreck. He leaves China and accepts a two-bit diplomatic position, but then Song appears once again to Gallimard. At that point, Gallimard is arrested and, during the subsequent sensational trial for treason, his affair is exposed for the sham that it is.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2016
UPC: 0888574407506
Original Release: 1993
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 26,732

Special Features

Interview with David Cronenberg; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Irons Rene Gallimard
John Lone Song Liling
Ian Richardson Ambassador Toulon
Annabel Leventon Frau Baden
Shizuko Hoshi Comrade Chin
Richard McMillan Embassy Colleague
Vernon Dobtcheff Agent Etancelin
Deirdre Bowen Actor
Barbara Sukowa Jeanne Gallimard
David Hemblen 1st Intelligence Officer
Damir Andrei 2nd Intelligence Officer
Antony Parr 3rd Intelligence Officer
Tristram Jellinek Defense attorney
Philip McGough Prosecution attorney
David Neal Judge
Sean Hewitt Ambassador's Aide
Peter Messaline Diplomat at party
Barbara Chilcott Critic at Garden Party
Viktor Fulop Marshal

Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director
Suzanne Benoit Makeup
John Board Asst. Director
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Bryan Day Sound/Sound Designer
Elinor Rose Galbraith Set Decoration/Design
David Henry Hwang Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Alicia Keywan Art Director
Gabriella Martinelli Producer
James McAteer Art Director
Ronald Sanders Editor
Howard Shore Score Composer
Carol Spier Production Designer
Marilyn Stonehouse Production Designer
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- M. Butterfly
1. Credits. [2:31]
2. Certainly Different. [1:38]
3. Entrance Of Butterfly. [2:42]
4. Beautiful To A Westerner. [2:55]
5. Piece Of Beautiful Music. [3:02]
6. At The Opera. [5:35]
7. Wings Fluttering In The Dark. [3:56]
8. Implications. [4:56]
9. Unfriendly Party. [2:43]
10. Letters To A White Devil. [2:14]
11. Unexpected Good News. [2:30]
12. Most Forbidden Of Loves. [5:30]
13. New Vice-Consul. [1:38]
14. At The Great Wall. [2:00]
15. Theories On Oriental Culture. [2:17]
16. Practice Of Deception. [2:04]
17. Still Playing Misssionary. [2:33]
18. Slave's Revelation. [4:36]
19. Farewell To His Concubine. [2:14]
20. What Only A Man Knows. [2:00]
21. Flames Of Revolution. [4:23]
22. Bittersweet Reunion. [2:36]
23. Demotion; Hard Labor. [3:29]
24. Tear-Stained Memory. [3:38]
25. Here In My Arms. [2:22]
26. The Trial. [5:41]
27. Loving The Lie. [6:44]
28. His Biggest Performance. [2:29]
29. Madama Butterfly. [6:04]
30. End Credits. [3:42]

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