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La vie de bohème

Aki Kaurismäki

 
La vie de bohème (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • France, Finland
  • 1992
  • 103 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • French
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  • Spine #693

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 Henri Murger’s influential mid-nineteenth-century book Scènes de la vie de bohème (the basis for the opera La bohème), the film features a marvelous trio of Kaurismäki regulars—André Wilms, Matti Pellonpää, and Karl Väänänen—as a writer, painter, and composer who scrape by together, sharing in life’s daily absurdities. Gorgeously shot in black and white, La vie de bohème is a vibrantly scrappy rendition of a beloved tale.

Credits

DirectorAki Kaurismäki
Written and produced byAki Kaurismäki
Based on the novel Scènes de la vie de bohème byHenri Murger
Director of photographyTimo Salminen
SoundJouko Lumme
Production designerJohn Ebden
CostumesSimon Murray
Edited byVeikko Aaltonen

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, supervised by director Aki Kaurismäki, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Where Is Musette?, an hour-long documentary on the making of the film
  • New interview with actor André Wilms
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Luc Sante

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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La vie de bohème: The Seacoast of Bohemia

By Luc SanteJanuary 20, 2014

Aki Kaurismäki pays wry tribute to the starving artist in his sad and funny update of Henri . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Current_1207_002_thumbnail

La vie de bohème: The Seacoast of Bohemia

By Luc SanteJanuary 20, 2014

Aki Kaurismäki pays wry tribute to the starving artist in his sad and funny update of Henri . . . Read more »