One of Britain's most versatile musical artists and a Broadway veteran by the end of the 1920s, in 1935 Gertrude Lawrence starred opposite Hollywood legend Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. in this film dramatisation of La Bohème, one of Puccini's best-loved operas. Mimi is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
Mimi, the mistress of a successful middle-aged actor who takes himself too seriously, leaves him to throw in her lot with Rodolphe, a young dramatist, and his equally gifted but equally graceless, procrastinating and penniless companions. She inspires them to produce the works of art which they were previously too lazy to create; but Rodolphe’s triumph is the ultimate cause of her own destruction.
The British FilmThe British Film collection was launched by Network Distributing in April 2013 as part of a five-year plan to release over 450 vintage British films through a deal with Studiocanal, one of Europe’s leading distribution and production companies. Many of the films have never been available to own and will benefit from new transfers, affirming Network Distributing’s commitment to classic British cinema.
Titles include significant works from studios including Associated Talking Pictures, Ealing Studios, London Films, British Lion, Associated British Picture Corporation and EMI from the Studiocanal archive.