The World Studio is mostly known for its standard program fare during the silent era, but occasionally it would distribute a picture that pulled out all the stops. One example is this version of the Henri Murger novel/Puccini opera. It's only logical that Alice Brady (daughter of studio head William Brady) would portray Mimi, but as she was a renowned stage actress in her own right, no cries of nepotism were ever heard. The director was also the best choice for the material; Albert Capellani was known for his cosmopolitan style and painstaking attention to detail. Judging from the accuracy of the sets, Capellani obviously knew the Latin Quarter of Paris. To briefly recap the plot: Mimi is an orphan who runs away and falls in with a group of bohemians: artists, poets, musicians, and the like. She meets Rudolph (Paul Capellaini, the director's brother), the heir of a wealthy uncle (Leslie Stowe). He has left his life and fiancée behind to become part of the bohemian crowd. Rudolph and Mimi fall in love but are separated by the uncle. Homeless, Mimi falls on extremely hard times. Finally, she returns to the Rudolph's garret and dies in his arms. A more well-known silent version of this story is 1926's La Boheme, directed by King Vidor and starring Lillian Gish as Mimi and John Gilbert as Rudolph.
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