Robert Dornhelm's film of this great opera tragedy works well. This is a far better way to do a film of an opera, using proper cinematic techniques and sets that realistically capture the poverty and biting cold of a threadbare tenement in a sleazy part of late 19th century Paris than a film of a staged performance ever can. The cast are all first rate but Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon are achingly moving as the doomed lovers. They are, of course, amongst the world's finest opera singers at the present time, but more than that, they are convincing and could teach many of our current popular movie stars a thing or two about acting. Netrebko perfectly portrays the fragility and playfulness of Mimi and Villazon is the hotheaded poet with a deep passion. The soundtrack isn't bad either!