Madame Butterfly

Synopsis: Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton is on shore-leave in Japan. He and his buddy Lieutenant Barton, out for a night on the town, stop in at a local establishment to check out the food, drink and girls, 'uh, and girls' to quote Lt. Barton. Pinkerton spies Cho-Cho San and immediately falls in lust. Barton counsels Pinkerton that he can 'marry' this beautiful Japanese girl, enjoy himself with cultural approval, then sail happily on back to America unshackled, since abandonment equates divorce in Japan. Barton assures Pinkerton that once abandoned, Cho-Cho will be free to marry whomever she chooses from amongst the Japanese people. When Pinkerton's ship sails out of port, Butterfly waits patiently for her husband to come home. Three years pass. Ever with her eye toward the harbor, Butterfly holds a secret delight that she eagerly wishes to surprise her husband with: their son. Pinkerton arrives in Japan with his American bride by his side. He goes to Butterfly to make his apologies and to finally en
Genre: Drama
86 min

Lus Filipe Bernardes

Guide this daughter of my son

on the path she is now about to take.

Thy blessing upon us.

Look down, Hotoke sama,

give this daughter of mine thy protection.

Oh, Hotoke sama,

May I do nothing which will bring dishonor

to my departed father's

honorable name.

Make it possible for me to be

of assistance

to my illustrious family from now on...

even though I'm only a woman.

I will tell the honorable Mr. Goro

and Madame Goro

that your most honorable augustness

has arrived.

Do not weep, Mama-san.

But you are so young

and never have you been away

from home before.

But consider, Mama-san...

soon I shall be very great geisha.

And then you, the august grandfather...

and my little brother will have much money.

This is no place for the daughter

of my son,

the daughter of a noble samurai.

I should never have consented

to your coming here.

But we must live.

And I'm the only one

who can work and help.

Your father died with honor

when he could no longer live with honor.

Is it then so shameful

to make people happy?

To sing for them,

make music and dance?

And I may make a fine marriage.

Then I can buy you many gifts.

So this is Cho-Cho-San.

What distinction, what eyes...

What teeth.

And you speak also the English?

Yes. I learned from a visiting scholar.

She teach me very high class

Brooklyn accent.

And no man will be permitted

to see her alone?

No man. Unless, of course, it is to arrange

an advantageous marriage for her.

And every night you will say

the little prayer I taught you.

Yes, Mama-san.

A new one, Goro?

I have not seen her before.

May I not meet

the honorable young lady?

Cho-Cho-San, we have the privilege

to present the noble Mr. Yomadori,

a gentleman of excessive culture.

She is not a joyful one.

She is highborn and feels

strange in this place.

But when she's made ready

as a geisha

she will be more gay.

Go now, my child.

Your girls have improved, Goro.

I might even seriously consider

a look at meeting

for marriage with such a one.

Why not this very night.

Vet well.

Tonight when I return.

Well, I wouldn't be caught

at the consul's party tonight

dead or alive, drunk or sober.

The consul's giving this party

on your account,

you know that, don't you?

What do you mean on my account?

He figures if he can keep you cornered

the women ought to be safe

for the first night anyhow.

Listen, when I come around,

no woman wants to be safe.

Where's your nail file?

I don't know.

Where's your own nail file?

Mine is packed. Where is yours?

Hey, you won't need these glasses.

You're going to be close to everything.

Will you put that down

and get out of my way?

- Pinky, look.

- What?

Let's you and I duck

this consul's party tonight...

and I'll show you the sight.

And no tourist stuff either.

What do you say?

- Think we can get away with it?

- Why, sure.

Well, looks like the consul

will have to get along without us.

Now you're saying something.

Over here...

We'll get a cab over here...

No, no, I can't use that.

I've had my breakfast.

What else have you got,

what else have you got?

Hey, will you get a load of these beads.

- What are you going to do with those?

- Find myself a neck to hang them on.

What have you got here?

That's a good gig. I'll take these.

You never can tell

how hot it might get around here.

How much is it?

Hm? No?

Too much. Here you are.

All I need now

is a mama and a canoe.

Hey, rickshaw!

Come on.

Well... taxi...

Lieutenant Pinkerton!

Why, how do you do?

I'm Sharpless, the American Consul.

Oh, how do you do, sir?

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Josephine Lovett

Josephine Lovett (21 October 1877 – 17 September 1958) was an American scenario writer, adapter, screenwriter and actress, active in films from 1916 to 1935. She was married to Canadian-born director, John Stewart Robertson. She is best known for her then-risqué film Our Dancing Daughters in 1928. Her screenplays typically included a heroine who was oftentimes economically and sexually independent. more…

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