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La Boheme (1926)
"La bohème" (original title)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  13 March 1926 (USA)
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A group of starving artists try to survive in 1830s Paris, including a seamstress and the would-be playwright she loves.

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It is 1830 in Paris and the rent is due, but the money is not there. An article here, a painting there and a monkey with a cup gives them enough money for the rent, but not for food. Fortunately, Musette from downstairs has enough food for everyone including Mimi - the poor little waif from next door who Rodolphe has met. But Count Paul also has his lusting eye on Mimi and uses her embroidery to get close to her. Rodolphe and Mimi fall in love and Mimi works endlessly to support Rodolphe who is writing his play with a new found passion. He does not know that he has been discharged from writing for 'Dog and Cat Fanciers'. Mimi wants to get his play produced and Count Paul offers to help, but there is a terrible fight when Rodolphe thinks that Mimi is faithless to him with Count Paul. After the fight, he seeks out a doctor as she is sick, but she has left when Rodolphe returns and will stay away until his play is finished. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Star Lillian Gish and costume designer Erté had run-ins over the design of her costumes. She refused to wear a corset he designed and insisted on silk rather than cotton. The designer's refusal to work within Gish's demands are considered to be one reason why his career as a designer in Hollywood did not last long. See more »

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Version of 'La bohème' im Hochhaus (2009) See more »

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La Boheme
15 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

NO, this silent Gish/Gilbert version of "La Boheme" is NOT BASED on the Puccini opera. Gish and the studio could not obtain the rights to the Puccini material. It IS based on Henry Murgi's 1851 novel "Life in the Latin Quarter." And once again IMDb insists I must pad out my comment to meet their silly minimum guidelines.

I do agree with other posters than you cannot view silent and sound films in the same way. No matter how great the performers involved, the 'mime' aspects seem very unnatural to modern eyes. You have to set aside prejudices on technique, especially if you are unused to viewing silent films, which can often seem melodrama and corny. I do enjoy watching Gish though.


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