Productions[ edit ] M. This production was directed by Roman Viktyuk in MoscowRussia in Starring Clive Owenthe production was directed by Julie Taymor. He falls in love with a beautiful Chinese opera singer, Song Liling.
Soon Gallimard regularly attends performances of Chinese opera, drawing attention from Song in return. To make Song need his love, Gallimard begins to avoid Song, disregarding several letters from her. When Gallimard returns to Song, the relationship becomes sexual, but Song insists on modesty, never appearing in the nude with Gallimard, even though they engage in intimacy.
Song announces that she is pregnant, and Gallimard declares that he wants to marry Song. After Gallimard returns to Paris, Song joins him there, and their relationship continues until the French government arrests Gallimard and Song for espionage.
In the French foreign service, Gallimard at first was only a bureaucrat, but executive confidence in his knowledge of the Chinese grew, and eventually he became vice consul.
The French served as diplomatic intermediaries, and the United States relied upon the French to provide information about possible Chinese reactions to actions planned by the United States.
When this policy proves ineffective for the United States, Gallimard falls from favor and is reassigned to Paris. In China, Song endured the hardships of the Cultural Revolutionincluding indoctrination and required service at a commune.
In the end, the French discover the espionage and convict both Gallimard and Song. In the process, Gallimard learns that Song is a man. In prison, Gallimard now suffers especially because the fantasy that was the basis of his love is destroyed, and he is humiliated and brokenhearted.
He is driven to suicide. For example, in Gallimard and his schoolmate, Marc, discussed plans for an adventurous weekend. With no moonlight, people could not see each other well, and the sexual contact was indiscriminate. With Marc, Gallimard also remembers his first sexual intercourse, which Marc arranged: The intercourse was rough and uncomfortable, and the woman dominated the experience.
In marriage, Gallimard and Helga apparently based their relationship on social status rather than a loving sexual union.
The couple was childless, and although Helga sought the help of a doctor, Gallimard rejected such help. After the affair with Song begins, Gallimard has another affair with a young woman named Gallimarde, the daughter of a businessman. These sexual experiences are not fully satisfying, but the viewer of the drama must think of them when trying to understand how Gallimard could spend twenty years in a relationship with Song without ever determining that Song is a man.Butterfly adults are characterized by their four scale-covered wings, which give the Lepidoptera their name (Ancient Greek λεπίς lepís, scale + πτερόν pterón, wing).These scales give butterfly wings their colour: they are pigmented with melanins that give them blacks and browns, as well as uric acid derivatives and flavones that give them yellows, but many of the blues, greens.
Song’s performance of the death scene from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly (; Madame Butterfly, ) enchants Gallimard, and when he and Song have the chance to talk after the performance, Song’s strong statements about opera and Western misconceptions about the East stimulate Gallimard.
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