Bohemianism and Counter-Culture

Artistic Depictions

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from left to right: La Boheme, Les Miserables, Rent, Trilby, and Les Miserables

Bohemia has been frequently depicted in literature and music and continues to be a common theme even today. The reasons for this are myriad; partly because the authors saw themselves as bohemian, partly for the sense of the romantic that is carried along with characters of their sort.

The examples of Scenes de la vie de Boheme and Les Miserables have many similarities. Murger's Scenes has been turned into the musical play La Boheme, and much more recently, into an updated incarnation called Rent. Victor Hugo's Les Miserables has been the basis for somewhere between 20 and 51 movies and the award winning musical, as well as the inspiration for such improbably movies as The Fugitive and Kung Fu. (Souvenir and Synopsis)