by Connor Murphy

by Connor Murphy Film Retrospective

Madame Butterfly | Tsai Ming-liang

June 15, 2020

Considering the breadth and consistency of Tsai Ming-liang’s filmography, it’s initially hard to regard the short Madame Butterfly as much more than a curious aberration. The film is a particularly loose adaptation of Puccini’s famous opera, shot digitally and wholly devoid of the director’s trademark static compositions set against Taiwanese backdrops. Put simply, and by most standards, at the time of its release it looked nothing like what one had come to expect from a Tsai Ming-liang film. And yet,…

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