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 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...