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October 24, 2016


Christina Burton

I am so glad about your Butterfly comments - we were there on the first night - some balances etc needed to be sorted and of course with John Wilson they would be. I thought most of the reviewers did not understand that the production team was aiming at hacking cliches -no cherry blossom eh? I was in Japan in 63-64 when this Butterfly was set. After Korean War with lots of American's around waiting for the next bad thing.. Ciociosan was the best acted silly 15 year old Japanese school girl I've seen.Delusional from beginning to end. The Marriage office looked just like our office at NHK (I was a Swedish girl correspondent) - chunky desks and endless rows of filing cabinets. She was pretty snooty to her maid Suzuki, she was after all from a superior family. Dressing Jackie Kennedy style with a her cigarettes and her attempt to put together some Western style furniture. I had lots of Japanese girl friends married to American, British and Canadian foreign correspondents and they would not have been seen on a daily basis in Japanese kimono etc. That was for fancy events - maybe.

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