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La Bohème (1926)

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


King Vidor


Frédérique De Grésac (screen play) (as Fred De Gresac), Henri Murger (suggested by "Life in the Latin Quarter" by) (as Henry Murger) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Lillian Gish ... Mimi
John Gilbert ... Rodolphe
Renée Adorée ... Musette
George Hassell George Hassell ... Schaunard
Roy D'Arcy ... Vicomte Paul
Edward Everett Horton ... Colline
Karl Dane ... Benoit - Janitor
Mathilde Comont ... Madame Benoit (as Matilde Comont)
Gino Corrado ... Marcel
Eugene Pouyet Eugene Pouyet ... Bernard (as Gene Pouyet)
Frank Currier ... Theatre Manager
David Mir David Mir ... Alexis
Catherine Vidor Catherine Vidor ... Louise
Valentina Zimina Valentina Zimina ... Phemie


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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Did You Know?


Although the source of the movie is listed onscreen as "Life in the Latin Quarter," this is a rough translation of the actual French "Scènes de la vie de Bohème" by Henri Murger, which was serialized in "Le Corsair" in 1847-1849. See more »


Mimi: Foolish one... foolish, foolish one...
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Version of Great Performances: La bohème (1994) See more »

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Classic Silent, Classic Story
16 June 2006 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

La Boheme is a notoriously unreleased film that sometimes broadcasts on TCM. Thanks to a great cast featuring Lillian Gish, John Gilbert, and Renee Adoree, it is no wonder why fans clamor to see it. The star power indeed makes the film a good one. The story is one of sadness and heartbreak; two people live struggling to make ends meet in a shabby town in France. He is working as a writer, succumbing to pieces for the newspaper for money while he can flesh out his play. She is a seamstress whose love for him leads her to working herself to death. The love story is tragic and beautiful.

I have never understood the appeal of Gilbert, so I was not as interested in his character or, in consequence, the romantic relationship between he and Gish than I could have been. He is not a bad actor; I simply do not gravitate to his type. Gish is wonderful, however, as a pathetic but beautiful woman. One bright spot of this film was the couple's scenes on a picnic running through the wilderness in the sunlight.

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13 March 1926 (USA) See more »

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$693,000 (estimated)
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