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La vida bohemia / Verbena trágica
Downtown Independent
Los Angeles, CA
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La vida bohemia / Verbena trágica
La vida bohemia  (U.S., 1938)

Based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger, and the Giacomo Puccini opera, the film sticks close to its sources.  The young, tubercular seamstress Mimi falls in love with the impoverished playwright Rodolfo, but poverty takes its toll on their relationship.

35mm, b/w, 77 min.  Director: Josef Berne.  Cast: Rosita Díaz Gimeno, Gilbert Roland, Miguel Ligero, José Crespo.

Verbena trágica  (U.S., 1939)

This independent production played successfully in Los Angeles although the narrative actually takes place in Spanish Harlem.  On the even of Columbus Day celebrations, the boxer Mateo returns from prison to find his wife pregnant.  Knowing he cant be the father he confronts her, with tragic results.

35mm, b/w, 85 min.  Director: Charles Lamont.  Cast: Fernando Soler, Luana Alcañiz, Juan Torena, Cecilia Callejo.

Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960 screens Sept. 23 - Dec. 10 at the Downtown Independent and UCLAs Billy Wilder Theater.  Enjoy access to all films in this series with a pass!

This retrospective is presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive, as part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.  Major support for this program is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Online admission:  $10
Box office admission:
General:  $9
Seniors:  $8
UCLA Alumni Association Members:  $8
Non-UCLA students:  $8
UCLA students:  Free.  UCLA students should claim the ticket at the box office on the day of the screening at least 15 minutes before show time.  If a UCLA student arrives closer to show time, they may be asked to wait in a rush line for any unsold seats.


Downtown Independent (View)
251 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States


Film > Movies

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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