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Giuseppe Giacosa (libretto)
Luigi Illica (libretto)
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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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A Film That Brings LA BOHEME to Life See more (9 total) »


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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
Location Management
Christine Reitsamer .... location manager
Music Department
Giacomo Puccini .... music by

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115 min
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Version of La Bohème (2002) (TV)See more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Film That Brings LA BOHEME to Life, 26 December 2009
Author: gradyharp from United States

It is surprising to see the number of naysayers among the reviews of this filmed version of Puccini's beloved LA BOHEME singling out the very elements that allow stage works to become transferred to the film medium (lip syncing, closeups of cinematic details, uses of both black and white and color, etc). What seems to be overlooked is this chance to see the two leading interpreters of this opera in wide distribution for those who cannot see them in person. As a film this version by Robert Dornhelm works wonders with the intentions of Puccini's bohemian lovers living on little but their love of the arts and for life in the Parisian garrets in the snowy wintertime. He introduces moments of Paris in the snow in black and white, much like old animated daguerreotypes, before the brief overture begins and keeps the flavor of the action moving seamlessly while adding additional elements of information using the same format. He offers some visual information about the passion of the lovers that allows him to reference these moments later in the story when memory brings them forward. All of this makes the opera more than opera: these elements make this a fine movie.

But the true pleasure of this film is the glorious singing and acting of Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko as the lovers. They are gorgeous to look at, magnificent in their vocal interpretations, and extraordinary actors. And close behind them is the camaraderie of the entire cast, especially Nicole Cabell as Musetta, George Von Bergen as Marcello, Adrian Eröd as an exceptional Schaunard, and Vitalij Kowaljow as Colline. The involvement in the story is solid and wholly believable and this is a cast of 'minor characters' whose presence is constantly felt and appreciated. Bertrand de Billy conducts with a sure hand. In short if anyone can watch this version of LA BOHEME with a dry eye, then perhaps they are not giving the power of Puccini a chance to be extended into the cinematic techniques required of really excellent film-making. Grady Harp

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