Downloadable Video - 2001
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An animated short inspired by Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly: The puppet Butterfly lives alone on an island, until a white ship brings the handsome sailor Pinkerton. They become passionate lovers. Eventually his ship leaves, and Butterfly waits longingly for her lover to return. She feels ocean of life growing in her belly. The ocean swells, and a small, unprotected mussel washes up on the shores of her body. He soon grows into a beautiful child. But when Pinkerton finally returns, he tears away Butterfly's child, dashing all her fragile hopes. Butterfly can find comfort only in death... yet how is a puppet to die? Film without words.
Publisher: Montreal : National Film Board of Canada ; Oslo : Pravda, 2001
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (11 min.) : digital, stereo, sd., col
Additional Contributors: Pravda
National Film Board of Canada


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