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La Bohème

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
On Broadway in 2002 Baz Luhrmann moved the story to 1950s America, but this latest film of Puccini’s operatic warhorse is more traditional. Detailed studio interiors recreate nineteenth-century Parisian bustle, as director Robert Dornhelm tries to illuminate the material from within. The result is approachable for newcomers, but with Dornhelm’s camera keeping a close watch on group dynamics, it’ll remind old hands to look beyond the creamy melodies. What emerges is a trenchant portrait of cash-strapped youngsters too beaten down to exploit opportunties for love. Star tenor Rolando Villazón shows a surprising deftness of touch, even if his glam leading lady Anna Netrebko looks too resilient to persuade as ailing seamstress Mimi. Their charisma’s centre-stage, though it’s serviceable rather than ecstatic.
Written by Trevor Johnston

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 19 December 2008
  • Duration:114 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Robert Dornhelm
  • Cast:
    • Nicole Cabell
    • Boaz Daniel
    • Stéphane Degout
    • Ioan Holender
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