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Release Date: January 01, 1970

Starring: Tom Courtnay, Bridgette Fossey, Freddie Jones, & Ingrid Held.

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 120 minutes

Distributor: Independent Czechoslovakian film company

Director: Karel Kachyna

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Producer: Ota Hofman & Karel Kachyna

Writer: Steven North

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(VV, S, N) Grim theme of National Socialist (Nazi) persecution of Jews & man beaten by interrogators and soldiers (mostly off-camera); brief but multiple incidents of upper female nudity & complete female nudity (brief: 10-year-old girl); and, sexual immorality implied.


Summary:

THE LAST BUTTERFLY is a dramatic portrait of one of the most elaborate charades of National Socialist (Nazi) propaganda during World War II, the "model" Jewish ghetto at Terezenstadt, Czechoslovakia. Antoine is a French mime who mocks the Nazi salute and is sent to Terezenstadt where he can cooperate or take a stand. In spite of a choppy ending, awkward dubbing, unnecessary nudity, and length, this Czech production is quite affecting, especially in portraying the fate of Jewish children during the holocaust.


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THE LAST BUTTERFLY is a portrait of one of the most elaborate charades of National Socialist (Nazi) propaganda during World War II: the "model" Jewish ghetto at Terezenstadt, Czechoslovakia. Antoine is a French mime who mocks the Nazi salute during a performance. Antoine is given a choice: either put on a performance at Terezenstadt, or go to prison. However, the community turns out to be a Kafkaesque nightmare: children living in barracks and world-class instrumentalists practicing in a cellar. Eventually, Antoine discovers the terrible truth about the community and must face a retching moral dilemma: Should he refuse to cooperate? Or, should he take a bold (but fatal) stand and tell the truth during a performance before the Red Cross officials?
THE LAST BUTTERFLY is a grim reminder of Nazi evils. In spite of a few weakness (a choppy ending, awkward dubbing, unnecessary nudity, and length), this Czech production is quite affecting, especially in portraying the fate of Jewish children during the holocaust. Ultimately, the movie stirs intense resentment against the individuals who committed such monstrous crimes. However, THE LAST BUTTERFLY does not resort to gore and horror to make its point.


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