Madame Butterfly (1915)

Drama | 8 November 1915

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HISTORY

Some sources list Frank Dekum as Frank Bekum. Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly had its premiere in Milan on 17 Feb 1904, but was not the source of this film. Paramount made another film based on this opera in 1932, which starred Sylvia ... More Less

Some sources list Frank Dekum as Frank Bekum. Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly had its premiere in Milan on 17 Feb 1904, but was not the source of this film. Paramount made another film based on this opera in 1932, which starred Sylvia Sidney. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
6 Nov 15
p. 966.
Motog
27 Nov 15
p. 1144, 1163
MPN
6 Feb 15
p. 74.
MPN
15 Jan 16
p. 256.
MPN
7 Aug 15
p. 52.
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 11.
MPN
16 Oct 15
p. 118.
MPN
6 Nov 15
p. 3, 50
MPN
20 Nov 15
p. 80.
MPN
27 Nov 15
p. 85.
MPW
13 Nov 15
p. 1282, 1294, 1323, 1382
New York Times
8 Nov 15
p. 13.
NYDM
6 Nov 15
p. 25.
NYDM
13 Nov 15
p. 25.
NYDM
20 Nov 15
p. 28.
Variety
12 Nov 15
p. 22.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players Film Co.
Copyright Date:
8 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6902
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Japanese maiden Cho-Cho-San is courted by the dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton and, in a traditional Oriental ceremony, marries him. Never taking his Eastern wedding vows seriously, Pinkerton leaves Japan and his "Madame Butterfly" after a few weeks to rejoin his ship, telling his bride he will return in the spring. The faithful, trusting Cho-Cho-San waits for Pinkerton in her mountain cabin with their newly born child, but the spring passes with no sign of the lieutenant. Shunned by her proud Samurai family, Cho-Cho-San persists in her lonely vigil, rejecting even the proposals of Yamadori, a wealthy Americanized Japanese. Finally Pinkerton returns, but accompanying him is Adelaide, his new American wife. When Adelaide learns the truth about Cho-Cho-San and her baby, she insists on bringing up the child herself, an offer Cho-Cho-San feels compelled to accept. Before handing over the child, Cho-Cho-San commits suicide, dying happily in the lieutenant's arms, at last reunited with her ... +


Japanese maiden Cho-Cho-San is courted by the dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton and, in a traditional Oriental ceremony, marries him. Never taking his Eastern wedding vows seriously, Pinkerton leaves Japan and his "Madame Butterfly" after a few weeks to rejoin his ship, telling his bride he will return in the spring. The faithful, trusting Cho-Cho-San waits for Pinkerton in her mountain cabin with their newly born child, but the spring passes with no sign of the lieutenant. Shunned by her proud Samurai family, Cho-Cho-San persists in her lonely vigil, rejecting even the proposals of Yamadori, a wealthy Americanized Japanese. Finally Pinkerton returns, but accompanying him is Adelaide, his new American wife. When Adelaide learns the truth about Cho-Cho-San and her baby, she insists on bringing up the child herself, an offer Cho-Cho-San feels compelled to accept. Before handing over the child, Cho-Cho-San commits suicide, dying happily in the lieutenant's arms, at last reunited with her beloved. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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