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Criterion Collection: La Vie de Bohème [Blu-ray] (Version française)

Matti Pellonpää , Evelyne Didi , Aki Kaurismäki    Unrated   Blu-ray

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New, high-definition digital restoration, 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 Trailer New and improved English subtitle translation One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Luc Sante

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This deadpan tragicomedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris is among the most beguiling films by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre). Based on stories from Henri Murger’s influential mid nineteenthcentury book Scènes de la vie de bohème, the film features a marvelous trio of Kaurismäki regulars, André Wilms, Matti Pellonpää, and Karl Väänänen, as a poet, painter, and composer who scrape by together, sharing in life’s daily absurdities.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kaurismäki classic Feb. 16 2014
By John Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Aki Kaurismäki is surely one of Finland's all-time greats. No Finn will use three words if two will suffice and Kaurismäki does it all dead-pan. His films represent the peak of black humour and his mate Matti Pellonpää who plays a key role in most of his films is the perfect foil for Kaurismäki's genius. Here, even though just about everyone knows the story, Kaurismäki manages to bring out hilarious black humour in the face of tragedy. He even has a part for his dog who like Pellonpää is a regular in his films. The Criterion transfer is clear and better than my Finnish DVDs but as is all too often the case with Criterion transfers, the subtitles are quite ordinary. They are often hard to read against the black and white film stock and despite being asked many times to improve their subtitles Criterion do not seem interested. Their Seven Samurai Blu-ray transfer was another with under-par subtitles and it beats me why they cannot get it right. Another subtitle grumble is Criterion's reluctance to subtitle English. Here André Wilms talks in English with a heavy French accent and no subtitles appear. This is just lazy. I do not like the Criterion boxes as they are too thick and waste valuable shelf space. Because they use non-standard inserts and booklets it is very hard to repack them if the case breaks or just to save space. Criterion seem determined to be different for the sake of it even when they could so obviously do better. I find that irritating but put up with it to get the better film transfer. With just a little more consideration they could please everyone but sadly choose not to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good effort by Kaurismaki April 17 2014
By Andres C. Salama - Published on Amazon.com
Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's black and white adaptation of Scene de la Vie de Boheme (originally a non fiction book by Henri de Murger dealing with the lives of the starving bohemian artists of the Paris of the first decades of the 19th century, and later a famous opera by Puccini) is surprisingly faithful to its source material, despite its modern settings. The place is still Paris, and the film closely follows both the book and the opera, with the proud but poor artists living at the day to day to survive in the city of lights. We even have the famous burning of the manuscripts to get some heat during the cold winter. The late Matti Pellonpaa, a Kaurismaki regular, stars as Rodolfo, as well as other less known, but equally fine actors (the actress playing Mimi, however, fails to create an impression). There are a couple of cameos by Nouvelle Vague faves Jean-Pierre Leaud and Samuel Fuller.

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