|Language and/or Subtitles:||English|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 2 copies|
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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Deception marks the long affair of a French diplomat and his lover in 1960s China and Paris. From the Broadway play.
Singers -- China -- Drama.
Espionage, Chinese -- Drama.
Sex in espionage -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Burbank, CA :Warner Home Video,2009
|Other Titles|| M. Butterfly.
Hwang, David Henry,
Cronenberg, David, 1943-
Irons, Jeremy, 1948-
Lone, John, 1952-
Sukowa, Barbara, 1950-
Richardson, Ian, 1934-2007.
Hwang, David Henry, 1957- M. Butterfly.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa, Ian Richardson.
Edited by Ronald Sanders ; production designer, Carol Spier ; director of photography, Peter Suschitzky ; music by Howard Shore.
MPAA rating: R; for sexuality and a brief bloody sequence.
In English with optional subtitles in English and French; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1993.
Based on the play by David Henry Hwang.
Special features include: interview with David Cronenberg; theatrical trailer.
DVD; dual-layer format; region 1; widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.