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Karel Kachyna

The Last Butterfly

Edition 1991
109' - 1991 - War, Drama - Dialogue: Czech, English
Director: Karel Kachyna Composer: Alex North With: Tom Courtenay, Brigitte Fossey, Ingrid Held
Adapted from the novel by Michael Jacot, The Last Butterfly takes place in 1944. Antoine Moreau, a French mime whose career is on the wane, is forced by the Germans to perform in the 'free state' of Terezin, the Czech village that exists as a sophisticated propaganda weapon to reassure the Red Cross and international opinion that the Jews consigned there are being well-treated. To ensure the performance goes smoothly, the Germans provide Antoine with whatever he needs. However, he soon discovers the hoax behind this so-called Jewish paradise.

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Karel Kachyna


Alex North


Tom Courtenay, Brigitte Fossey, Ingrid Held


Karel Kachyna, Ota Hofman

Director of Photography

Jiri Krejcik


Suzanne Lang-Willar


Steven North

More information


Czech, English

Countries of production

Czechoslovakia, United Kingdom, France



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