The pathos of this heart-rending story about a sweet-natured Japanese girl and the caddish American naval lieutenant who marries then deserts her has seldom been conveyed with such emotional directness. In his sumptuous filming of Puccini's opera, director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle uses an array of cinematic effects (including a memorable dream sequence) to evoke the protagonists' irreconcilably separate lives and worlds. As Butterfly, Mirella Freni is unbearably moving in one of the finest performances of her career, while Placido Domingo makes Lt. Pinkerton a more sympathetic figure than usual.
Release Date: 19 May 2005
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Running Time: 147 minutes
Production Year: 1974