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La Vie de bohème

La Vie de bohème

A Feature film by Marcel L'Herbier

Produced by Invicta Film

Release in France : 17/01/1945

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Actors (21)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Invicta Film

Film exports/foreign sales :

Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie (SNC)

Foreign production company :

Scalera Film S.p.a.

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La Vie de Bohème is adapted from Henri Murger's libretto for Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème with the Puccini music relegated to the background. Louis Jourdan plays Rudolphe, the "starving artist" who falls in love with the beautiful but sickly Mimi (Maria Denis). As the tragic Rudolphe-Mimi romance plays itself out to its inevitable conclusion, director Marcel L'Herbier occasionally shifts focus to such supporting characters as painters Marcel (André Roussin), Schaunard (Alfred Adam), the philosophical Colline (Louis Salou), and the fun-loving Phemie (Suzy Delair). Some newly added scenes flesh out the character of Musette (Gisèle Pascal), tracing her progress from wealth to penury and wealth again. Perhaps the most famous filmization of this story is the 1926 La Bohème, starring Lillian Gish and John Gilbert.

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Full credits (12)

Assistant directors :

Robert-Paul Dagan, Jean Laviron

Author of original work :

Henri Murger

Screenwriters :

Marcel L'Herbier, Nino Frank

Sound recordists :

Jacques Carrère, Emile Lagarde

Production Designer :

Georges Wakhevitch

Costume designer :

Jacques Costet

Dialogue Writer :

Pierre Rocher

Producer :

André Paulvé

Director of Photography :

Pierre Montazel

Editors :

Suzanne Catelain, Emilienne Nelissen

Music Composer :

Louis Beydts

Additional Music :

Giacomo Puccini

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Feature film

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Coproducer countries :

France, Italy

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Nationality :

Majority French (France, Italy)

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Runtime :

2 h

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Black & White

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