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Giuseppe Giacosa (libretto)
Luigi Illica (libretto)
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Release Date:
17 October 2008 (Austria) See more »
The opera "La Bohème" is about the tragic love story of Mimí and Rodolfo, set in Paris in the year 1830. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Robert Dornhelm 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Giuseppe Giacosa  libretto
Luigi Illica  libretto
Henri Murger  novel "Scènes de la vie de Bohème"

Produced by
Oliver Auspitz .... producer
Andreas Kamm .... producer
Jan Mojto .... producer
Kurt J. Mrkwicka .... producer
Christian Wolf .... line producer
Cinematography by
Walter Kindler 
Film Editing by
Klaus Hundsbichler 
Ingrid Koller 
Production Design by
Florian Reichmann 
Costume Design by
Ulrike Fessler  (as Uli Fessler)
Makeup Department
Claudia Herold .... makeup artist
Christian A. Kahrer .... make-up and hair
Sophie Elisabeth Palme .... makeup artist
Adolf Uhrmacher .... makeup artist
Hannelore Uhrmacher .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christian Wolf .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manuel Bräuer .... third assistant director
Irene Iversen .... first assistant director
David Wagner .... third assistant director
Art Department
Enzo Enzel .... painter
Werner Otto .... property master
Ferdinand Prinz .... construction manager
Katharina Lichtenberg .... third assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernhard Maisch .... sound editor
Bernhard Maisch .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Schmidt-Gentner .... sound
Andreas Schneider .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Nikolai Blagoev .... visual effects artist
Fritz Dorfner .... visual effects artist
Raffael Leb .... visual effects producer
Günter Nikodim .... visual effects artist
Felix Rothmayer .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephan Biebl .... camera operator
Petro Domenigg .... still photographer
Caroline Heider .... first assistant camera
Erwin Lanzensberger .... camera operator
Stephan Mussil .... camera operator
Felix Striegel .... second assistant camera
Richard Wagner .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Andrea Dittler .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Reinhard Feichtinger .... digital cinema mastering (USA) (English subtitled)
Willi Willinger .... colorist
Music Department
Giacomo Puccini .... music by
Other crew
Christine Reitsamer .... location manager

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


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Beautiful, 19 February 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

As some people may know, I am a huge fan of opera and classical music. And I am a huge fan of La Boheme, so I wanted to see this naturally. And I thought overall it was beautiful. My only complaint was the sound, some of it sounded a bit off and lazy particularly in the middle of Che Glenida Manina, at first I wasn't sure whether it was the sound or whether it was Villazon trying to be even more delicate than he was being- anyone who's seen him before will know he does have quite an eccentric, passionate and exciting presence particularly when he's talking about singing and opera.

Other than that, I loved this production of La Boheme. It's not the best(I remember the 1988 production with Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti with such fondness), but it doesn't try to be. On its own, it is a very solid performance of a beautiful opera. The production values are wonderful. The photography has some interesting angles that don't jar, while the sets, lighting and costumes are very pleasing to the eye.

Puccini's music is amazing. It is an incredibly lyrical and poignant score, with some of the most breathtakingly beautiful tunes in the history of opera, particularly Mimi's Act 1 aria and the Act 3 duet, both of which bring a lump to my throat always(and it did here too). I also cannot hold back my tears during Act 4, knowing what is going to happen at the end just has me in floods, and here it did do that.

La Boheme while heart-rending does also have one or two humorous spots. Particularly in Act 2, primarily Musetta's entrance and Marcello's reactions to her and the men's shock over the expensive bill. The story is beautifully constructed and never feels forced or superficial.

The performances are top drawer. Anna Netrebko is a stunning Mimi, she is in beautiful voice, she looks beautiful, here her stage presence feels natural and understated and she really moved me in Act 4. Rolando Villazon is a pleasant surprise. Although the sound does him little favour, Villazon does do what he can to give a delicate acting performance as well as using his powerful voice to the limits without overdoing it too much. Nicole Cabell is a sheer delight as Musetta, and really holds her own, she is deliciously flirty, charming and seductive in Quando M'en Vo, yet in Act 4 we see a completely different side to Musetta that we don't expect as here she is more humble and sensitive. Marcello and Colline also perform well, and the dubbing actually doesn't distract.

Overall, beautiful version that could have been even better had the sound been more than it was. If you haven't seen it before, or any other version of La Boheme, have a box of tissues at the ready, I think you'll need them. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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