This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story.Written by
The stage musical "Rent" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1996. Only nine musicals have won the Pulitzer Prize in drama - one per decade from the 1930s to the 1990s. They are as follows: Of Thee I Sing (1972) from the 1930s, South Pacific (1958) from the 1940s, Fiorello from the 1950s, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) from the 1960s, A Chorus Line (1985) from the 1970s, Sunday in the Park with George from the 1980s, Rent (2005) from the 1990s, Next to Normal in 2010, and Hamilton in 2016. See more »
Before "La Vie Boheme", when the characters meet up outside, Maureen and Angel go to hug, yet when the shot is taken back from afar, Mimi appears to hug Maureen and Angel stands there with arms crossed. See more »
Mark, Angel, Maureen, Roger, Collins, Benjamin Coffin III, Mimi:
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love... seasons of love.
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The "Without You" montage ended with a rather emotional scene of Rosario Dawson's character, Mimi, walking along a fence crying and singing the last verse of the song. In the editing room the scene was shelved. Additionally "Goodbye, Love" another emotional scene primarily focused on Dawson was also shelved. Upon release of the film Dawson's manager and lawyer contacted Colombus about cutting 'Dawsons' most powerful scenes' and were upset on the opportunities this may have cost her. The director gave his excuse that the first scene was cut in favor of a more "storytelling" scene of Mimi with Benny and the second was cut to maintain the emotional punch of the ending. Though Dawson's representation disagreed, no further legal action pursued. "Goodbye, Love" can be viewed on the two disc CD, whereas "Without You" remains shelved. See more »
"Rent" is an excellent adaptation of the stage musical. It is handsomely filmed and very well acted. The movie version takes the story out into city's real locations.
Most of this movie is singing, but it is so well done it never breaks the 'suspension of disbelief' that as an audience we grant the fiction we are watching.
This 'rock operetta' is about a group loft-dwelling 'Bohemian' New Yorkers, some of whom have AIDS. The stage version has a devoted following of 'Rentheads' including director Chris Columbus, for whom this film was a labor of love.
I saw it with several young people and they really connected with the story's message of friendship, tolerance and living every day to the fullest. Some elderly members of the audience thought the music was being played too loud and they couldn't identify with the lifestyle depicted in the story.
This movie could attain the cult status of the stage musical.
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