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La Bohème

La Bohème
Scene from "La Bohème" (photo © MR Film/Petro Domenigg Filmstills)

Paris, at the end of the 19th century. Four friends are leading a life full of privation, yet buoyed by good spirits in a drafty garret: the writer Rodolfo, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard and the philosopher Colline. It is Christmas, and they decide to celebrate in their favorite pub, the Café Momus, as is the custom in the Latin Quarter. Rodolfo stays behind to finish an article. There is a knock at the door; their neighbor Mimi, whose candle has gone out, asks for fire. Rodolfo is fascinated by her. It is love at first sight! Overwhelmed by their emotions, neither of them suspects that Mimi's fatal illness will soon be separating them again...


Robert Dornhelm was born in Temeshvar/Romania in 1947, emigrated with his family to Austria in 1961, and lives today in Los Angeles. From 1965 to 1967 he studied at the Vienna Film Academy. Afterwards he worked from 1967 to 1975 as a documentary film director for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF). After several projects, Dornhelm presented his debut film in 1977, The Children of Theatre Street. The documentary about the Mariinsky Ballet School (today Kirov Ballet School) in St. Petersburg, starring Grace Kelly, was nominated for an Oscar. His other films include: She Dances Alone (1981) – the story of Kyra Nijinsky, the daughter of the great Russian dancer Vaclav Nijinsky, Digital Dreams (1983), about Bill Wyman, the bassist and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Echo Park (1986), Requiem for Dominic (1990), The Unfish (1997), The Venice Project (1999), Anne Frank (2001), Sins of the Father (2002), RFK (2002), Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (2003), Spartacus (2004), Into the West (2005), The Ten Commandments (2006), The Crown Prince (2006), War and Peace (2007), and Karajan – Or Beauty As I See It (2008).
Genre Music
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Robert Dornhelm
Screenplay Robert Dornhelm
Cinematography Walter Kindler
Ingrid Koller, Klaus Hundsbichler
Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, Children\'s Chorus of the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz, Bertrand de Billy, Chorus of the Bayerischer Rundfunk
Florian Reichmann
Cast Vitaly Kovalyov, Adrian Eroed, George von Bergen, Nicole Cabell, Rolando Villazón, Anna Netrebko, Tiziano Bracci
Producers Catharina Mojto, Kurt J. Mrkwicka
Production Companies Unitel/Oberhaching, MR Film Produktion/Vienna, in co-production with ZDF, ORF/Vienna, Classica/Munich, in association with IMG Artists/London
Length 109 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
 Italian
Subtitled Versions German, English
Festivals Warsaw 2009, Vienna 2011
With backing from Oesterreichisches Filminstitut (OFI), Filmfonds Wien, ORF Film-/Fernsehabkommen
German Distributor NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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