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'Butterfly' subtext in 'Fatal Attraction' still can't be ignored
'Butterfly' subtext in 'Fatal Attraction' still can't be ignored

A man has a casual affair with a woman and then dumps her. The woman, now with child, longs for his return but is coldly rebuffed. Humiliated and left with nothing to live for, she kills herself with a sharp blade to the throat. The story of Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" is a tragedy written in florid, grandiose letters. Change the setting from imperial Japan to 1980s New York, throw in some designer kitchen cutlery, and you get "Fatal Attraction," Adrian Lyne's Oscar-nominated tale of an adulterous fling gone horribly wrong. "Butterfly" is currently running at Los Angeles Opera, through Dec. 9. This fall also marks the 25th anniversary of "Fatal Attraction," which was released in 1987...

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