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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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Slick and superb, 13 December 2009
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

It is what it is: a film version of an opera - they can never be anything else after all. This must be seen as a film of people miming to music with cinematography augmented by digital cartoonery supplanting stage drama, and judged on those merits. As a film it's pretty - pretty enjoyable and pretty well worth watching … and of course Anna Netrebko as Mimi is fairly pretty too!

Young penniless couple meet, fall instantly head over heels in love for no reason at all but their dreams are cruelly cut down by her illness… and all to some of the most emotionally charged music ever written. So long as the music, libretto and script are adhered to a film version can't go wrong - the director generally sticks to it and doesn't force his own interpretations on us too much. When he does, it works: a restrained use of artistic license. And there's nice imagery, plush backgrounds and clever use of colour. Trouble is, the atmosphere generated by a live performance is lost with a film – the lavish 2008 Met Opera production by Zefferelli recorded with Angela Georghiu and Ramon Vargas had its faults too but imho is preferable to this. We all probably have our own favourite versions of Puccini's most famous opera – mine is the May 1938 complete recording in Milan with Beniamino Gigli as Rodolfo (especially of O Mimi, Tu Piu Non Torni at the beginning of Act 4 - something so beautiful which has not been bettered since the advent of stereo or digital - since the singer was unrepeatable). What's yours? For arguments sake I could also say the legendary Lucrezia Bori's Mimi still resonates well through the acoustic mono hiss from her century-old records.

Netrebko has a fine and well controlled voice, but having seen her repeatedly wallow in a swimsuit to Dvorak's Song To The Moon on the late UK Classic FM TV I still wonder whether she's punching above her weight with operas like La Boheme – incidentally great blood spattered acting in the Met's Lucia Di Lammermoor a few months ago but is she colouratura enough? Her acting for the camera here is also fine, something which is occasionally in doubt when she's performing live – however the rapturous applause from her adoring Met audiences for her various performances this year leave no doubt of her superstardom. Favourite bits from many: O Soave Fancuilla - definitely not bathed in moonlight; Dunque: E Propio Finita in the pouring snow; naturally the climax back in the garret – as suitably tearjerking as it should be. However, this is a film (with minor faults) well worth the time/effort and an admirable vehicle for Anna Netrebko, as it should be. Brava!

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