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  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Cummings, Yôko Tani
  • Directors: Jack Cardiff
  • Writers: Norman Krasna
  • Producers: Steve Parker
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630210131X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,775 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Paul Robaix is a well known director, married to Lucy Dell, a famous movie star. Robaix wants to make a movie of the classic play Madame Butterfly, but he doesn't want his wife to play the leading part, as in his previous pictures. Producer Sam Lewis and Lucy Dell think up a scheme to get her in the picture after all. Lucy disguises as a Geisha, and gets the leading part in the picture. When Robaix finds out he gets so mad, he wants to divorce Lucy...

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Shirley MacLaine was Beautiful!
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The new DVD edition of MY GEISHA is very pleasing.
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The story line is good, the actors are great.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Knouse on July 5, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I know I would give this film an even higher rating if it was ever brought to DVD with a widescreen presentation. There are so many scenes in this film where the actors heads are cut in half(vertically) and so many spectacular shots of Japanese vistas that having this film seen only on VHS(fullscreen) is actually a felony in the history of color filmmaking. That aside, the story is a comedy laced with genuine drama and fantastic character acting from both Shirley MacLaine and Bob Cummings surrounding the filming of "Madame Butterfly" at authentic Japanese locales. Fans of Yves Montand will not be disappointed for he brings a surprising range of emotions from one scene to the next, alternating between witty banter(particularly with Bob Cummings) to gripping heartache near the end of the story. The supporting cast is solid, led by veteran actor Edward G. Robinson in a role that is a far cry from his "Little Caesar" days. One of my few complaints lies in the fact that once in a while a Japanese extra will scowl at Shirley MacLaine when she is portraying her Geisha character with a little too much stereo-type. I certainly don't blame them for cringing once in a while. It would be like a young Japanese man portraying a Redneck Cowboy in front of a crowd of extras from Texas. However, Shirley MacLaine nails this role down pat after a few scenes early in the film where first-time director Jack Cardiff probably should have gone for another take. There are a couple of scenes that look too staged to be believed, while later in the film there are some excellent scenes with fantastic acting from all concerned. Once in a while there is also some voice-over dubbing that doesn't quite match the lip-movement.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I thought "My Geisha" was an extremely enjoyable film. It really captures the struggle of a foreign woman trying to learn the meaning of becoming a Japanese geisha. I must note that this movie, filmed in the 1960's, was able to show geisha in their prime, which is very pleasant to see in an age where the art of geisha has become to wither. For any geisha fan, this movie is worth watching.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kona VINE VOICE on August 26, 2002
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Shirley MacLaine stars as a movie star and Yves Montand plays her director-husband. He wants to film Madame Butterfly in Japan with an all-Japanese cast. She plots (with producer Edward G. Robinson) to disguise herself as a Japanese actress and do the film without telling her husband, to prove she can do a serious role, even though Montand wants to prove he can make an important. She dresses as a geisha, gets the part, and they start shooting, but her co-star, Robert Cummings, starts to fall in love her.

MacLaine is overly-cute and almost annoying, until she redeems herself in the final scene. Yves Montand is very, very attractive, French accent and all. He is good at playing the sensitive man whose pride is crushed by his tricky wife. Robert Cummings is the comedy relief and keeps things lively as the leading man who chases all his leading ladies. Robinson is properly gruff and cranky, as one supposes rich and powerful producer might be. This is a really enjoyable family film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tseten Rigzin DeKhang on June 11, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I never would have noticed this movie if it hadn't been for me catching it on Cinemax. Well the movie was great and i plan on buying the video or dvd of this to watch it over and over again. Shirley McClaine's potrayal of Lucy is so fun to watch and I am slowly getting to rediscover the classic movies. This is certainly among my favourites. She looks so believingly like a Japanese Geisha girl. The movie certainly touches your heart towards the end. Do certainly buy it or rent it. Don't miss it...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Walker on February 17, 2000
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I just recently saw this movie and I loved it. It's a sweet romantic comedy, and the cinematography is just beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Lodge on October 1, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It had been awhile since I had seen this movie. I don't even know what prompted me to look for it,but I'm glad I did. This movie took me back to when I was still a kid living at home with no worries other than what I was going to wear to school and was there going to be anything good on T.V. that weekend...(Keep in mind,at that time we only had four channels five on a non cloudy day.)I remember my mom saying that there was a good movie coming on and we should watch it because it had a portion of her favorite opera in it. I didn't mind this because my mother had instilled in me a love of a variety of different music. It is one of my favorite memories that I hold dear to my heart,because my mother is no longer with me,but this movie brings her back to me and now I can watch it any time I wish. Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scotman's Critic's Corner VINE VOICE on December 18, 2008
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Not a bad little comedy; interesting flick of Shirley playing "Lucy" a big star in film with her director husband. Director husband does not like being in her limelight and so tells her she cannot be in the picture he has in mind as she would not fit in. He does not bother telling her the truth, however, that he wants to be successful without her. Without this info, she takes it as a challenge and gets her producer, expertly played by E.R. Robinson, to go along with the gag. Considering the time period this was filmed, I thought they handled the Japanese culture fairly well, though the English-accented Japanese was a bit much.

That earns it the three star treatment, I'm afraid.

Funny scenes include Shirley caught in the act where she has to talk to a Japanese Sumo wrestler and talks Japanese gibberish at him (sounds like she is talking to ten and saying hello and goodbye and thanx!).

Yoko Tani plays the actual Geisha who's trying to train "Lucy" to be one. Yoko is known for being the Asian actress in the Communist-bloc film, First Spaceship on Venus.

Bob Cummings was fairly awful and I do agree with Amazon reviews that he was badly cast for the part.

The director does use split staging rather than film scene splitting, which makes it all very interesting.

If you loved Lucy, you'll love this one....

The VHS tape was clean and ran great, too. Is this on DVD now??

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