Cast & Crew
Mimi, an orphan, is taken in by a drunken innkeeper and becomes a domestic. She meets Rudolphe, scion of a well-to-do family, who rescues her from the unwanted advances of a drunken hotel guest. They fall madly in love, but Rudolphe's uncle, M. Durandin, wants Rudolphe to marry a family friend, Madame de Rouvre, and writes Mimi a letter, telling her that she is ruining Rudolphe's life. Musette and Marcel, friends of Mimi, also try to break up the romance by introducing Mimi to other men, and Rudolphe becomes jealous and leaves her. Brokenhearted, Mimi declines in health and eventually throws herself into the river but is rescued and taken to the hospital. Realizing it is only a matter of time before she dies, she drags herself back to the room where she and Rudolphe were happiest. Rudolphe is there and she dies knowing that he loves her.
D. J. Flanagan
According to modern sources, Ben Carré was the art director on this film. A trade article from April 24, 1916 lists assistant director Albert Dorris and second assistant director Warren G. Bellew as members of Albert Capellani's production team at Paragon during the making of this film. During its production, the film was titled Mimi, The Bohemians, and La Boheme at different times. Among the many film adaptations of Murger's novel or of the 1896 Puccini opera La Boheme which it inspired: the 1926 M-G-M film La Boheme, starring Lillian Gish and John Gilbert and directed by King Vidor (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0508); the 1935 British production Mimi, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Gertrude Lawrence and directed by Paul Stein; the 1945 French film La Vie de Boheme, starring Louis Jourdan and directed by Marcel L'Herbier; and the 1965 Italian-French opera film La Boheme, directed by Franco Zeffirelli.