History Theatre / MButterfly

6th May '16 5:06:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* GirlOfMyDreams : How Gallimard views Song. He could not be more wrong.
6th May '16 5:03:36 AM Morgenthaler
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It is a very loose re-telling of perhaps one of the most strange (and true) cases of mistaken identity this side of 1900. A French diplomat named Rene Gallimard works in China during the '60s as an advisor to the goings-on of the day where he meets and becomes enamoured with a Beijing Opera diva named Song Liling. The two hit it off, and Gallimard cheats on his wife with Song for the next twenty years, in which his relationship with Song has ups and downs such as the cultural revolution in China, the Vietnam War, an unexpected [[spoiler:and faked]] pregnancy on Song's part and Gallimard falling out of power in China only to regain some of his power as a spy for China, handling very sensitive documents out of France.

Naturally, they are eventually found out, arrested and put on trial and it is in this trial that Rene learns the hard way that there [[spoiler: are no women in the Beijing Opera.]]

A wonderful play that discusses the nature of gender and Asian stereotypes, this play is a very well done dark comedy that ends in a [[spoiler: suicide]] worthy of the Puccini opera the play gets its name from.

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It is a very loose re-telling of perhaps one of the most strange (and true) cases of mistaken identity this side of 1900. A French diplomat named Rene Gallimard works in China during the '60s as an advisor to the goings-on of the day where he meets and becomes enamoured with a Beijing Opera diva named Song Liling. The two hit it off, and Gallimard cheats on his wife with Song for the next twenty years, in which his relationship with Song has ups and downs such as the cultural revolution in China, the Vietnam War, an unexpected [[spoiler:and faked]] pregnancy on Song's part and Gallimard falling out of power in China only to regain some of his power as a spy for China, handling very sensitive documents out of France.

Naturally, they are eventually found out, arrested and put on trial and it is in this trial that Rene learns the hard way that there [[spoiler: are no women in the Beijing Opera.]]

Opera.

A wonderful play that discusses the nature of gender and Asian stereotypes, this play is a very well done dark comedy that ends in a [[spoiler: suicide]] way worthy of the Puccini opera the play gets its name from.



In the early '90s, it was made into a film by Creator/DavidCronenberg, starring Creator/JeremyIrons as Gallimard and [[spoiler:John Lone]] as Song.

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In the early '90s, it was made into a film by Creator/DavidCronenberg, starring Creator/JeremyIrons as Gallimard and [[spoiler:John Lone]] John Lone as Song.
6th May '16 5:01:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* LoveHurts : Gallimard and Song show different sides to this idea.

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* %%* LoveHurts : Gallimard and Song show different sides to this idea.



** Played around with and ''thoroughly'' deconstructed.

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** %%** Played around with and ''thoroughly'' deconstructed.
6th May '16 5:00:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* BoyMeetsGirl : Arguably how the whole story started in real life and in the play.



* DeadPersonConversation : Arguably, the nature of the last two words spoken in the play.



* HaveANiceDeath: [[spoiler:Gallimard, possibly.]]



* PleaseWakeUp : Also arguably the nature of the last two words of the play.
6th May '16 4:59:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Gallimard, in the ending.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome : [[spoiler: Gallimard's death monologue.]]

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* %%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Gallimard, in the ending.]]
* %%* DyingMomentOfAwesome : [[spoiler: Gallimard's death monologue.]]



* FatalAttraction

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* HandsOnApproach
* HappilyMarried

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* %%* HappilyMarried



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy : Also played straight and subverted with Song.

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* %%* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy : Also played straight and subverted with Song.



* LoveMakesYouDumb : Lampshaded by Gallimard in the end.
* LoveMartyr

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* PlayingHardToGet

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6th May '16 2:06:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* HandsomeDevil : Though Gallimard initially describes himself as being far removed from this trope, his attitude upon entering his relationship with Song certainly shifts to that of a HandsomeDevil type of character.
2nd Dec '15 7:55:12 AM Morgenthaler
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[[quoteright:284:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/m_butterfly_poster.jpg]]



'''''M. Butterfly''''' is a play written by David Henry Hwang in the late 1980s.

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'''''M. Butterfly''''' ''M. Butterfly'' is a play written by David Henry Hwang in the late 1980s.
6th Nov '15 5:20:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* KilledOffForReal : [[spoiler: Gallimard.]]
6th Nov '15 5:19:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide: Gallimard, in the ending.]]

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* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide: Gallimard, DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Gallimard, in the ending.]]



* [[spoiler:HaveANiceDeath: Gallimard, possibly.]]

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* [[spoiler:HaveANiceDeath: Gallimard, HaveANiceDeath: [[spoiler:Gallimard, possibly.]]



* [[spoiler: UnsettlingGenderReveal: Song Liling positively rules over this trope with an iron fist. He was Gallimard's lover for 20 years, and it is made clear that they had sex (in the dark, but still). Even though Gallimard was an ideal victim, Song had to be ''convincing''.]]

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* [[spoiler: UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler: Song Liling positively rules over this trope with an iron fist. He was Gallimard's lover for 20 years, and it is made clear that they had sex (in the dark, but still). Even though Gallimard was an ideal victim, Song had to be ''convincing''.]]
30th May '15 7:13:58 PM Blackie62
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* NamesTheSame: Rene Gallimard and his other mistress Renee. The trope is muddled somewhat as some printings make Gallimard's name René with an "ai" sound instead of the "ee".
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