Two inimitable directors put their distinctive stamps on a classic story of art, love, and the immortal allure of Paris. In her bracingly experimental feminist cult classic THRILLER, Sally Potter deconstructs Giacomo Puccini’s beloved opera “La bohème” to ask: Why does the heroine always have to die? Then, Henri Murger’s popular 1851 book “Scènes de la vie de bohème”—which served as the basis for Puccini’s opera—inspires a black-and-white gem by Aki Kaurismäki, in which Finland’s master miniaturist applies his wry, tragicomic style to a portrait of three starving artists scraping by on the margins of Paris.
Directed by Sally Potter • 1979 • United Kingdom
Starring Colette Laffont, Rose English, Tony Gacon
Sally Potter’s brilliant rewriting of Puccini’s opera “La bohème” turns the conventional role of women as romantic victims in fiction on its head. Mimi, the seamstress heroine of the opera who mus...
La vie de bohème
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki • 1992 • France
Starring André Wilms, Matti Pellonpää, Karl Väänänen
This deadpan tragicomedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris is among the most beguiling films by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. Based on stories from He...