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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.