Puccini responds to a mix up between his opera and an American film of the same name. To his music publisher Clauso Clausetti, Puccini writes, "I read in the paper that is published in Turin this evening cinema will be Fanciulla West/ Great film with sensations with divine music by Giacomo Puccini this was printed…That it is false...the authors are sleeping. I have had your song…I squeeze your hand which wrote the ancient ode...." Perhaps reflecting the tone of confusion, he signs the letter with his name reversed, "Puccini Giacomo."
American director, Cecil B. DeMille, directed the silent film Puccini refers to here and released for the first time in 1915, and again in 1918. Like Puccini’s opera, the film is based on the 1905 play by American producer and playwright David Belasco. Puccini’s opera of the same name premiered in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera in 1910.