Madame Butterfly 1915


The story of a Japanese woman and the tragedy that ensues when she loves an American naval officer.
Mary Pickford played Cho-Cho in the earlier production and irked director Sydney Olcott by refusing to act oriental. Olcott was so upset that he walked off the set, but Pickford was Americas Sweetheart and nobody told her what to do; she simply took over directing duties until Olcott returned. The silent Madame Butterfly is a rare and fascinating look at Japan through western eyes during the early years of Hollywood. Look for actors with exceedingly large noses in key Japanese roles.
Director: Sidney Olcott
Writer: John Luther Long (novel)
Stars: Mary Pickford, Marshall Neilan, Olive West

Author: Old Boy

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