San Pedro Daily News, Volume XXIV, Number 127, 30 June 1926
Screen – AT THE THEATRES – Stage
Lillian Gish Finds Ideal Role in Her Latest Film, ‘La Boheme,’ at Cabrillo
Has Lillian Gish, star of many roles, found the ideal one in her supreme contribution to the art of the screen? Many will say so, when .they have seen her in the« role of Mimi in “La Boheme,” which opens today at the Cabrillo theater for a four-day engagement. It is said by dramatic critics who have seen this picture that never before has she had a role that fitted her so completely. So ideally is, Lillian Gish the character she portrays of the wistful little waif of the Latin quarter in the quaintest Jove story ever filmed, that she will be forever known to screen fans as “Mimi.”
“La Boheme” is known and loved by millions, and Lillian Gish is famous wherever motion pictures are shown. Her roles have been many and varied; she was a Southern rose in “The Birth of a Nation.“ a quaint Yankee maid in “Way Down East,” a little beaten wait of Limehouse in “Broken Blossoms” and a French revolutionary heroine in “Orphans of the Storm.” An ethereal nun in “The White Sister” and an aristocratic mediaeval maid in “Romola”—she has played practically every type of womanhood.
But in “La Boheme” she portrays a role that seems literally to fit her, and she is said to live the part; she does not act Mimi—she is Mimi. Her delicate’ romance; her glorious faith and her wonderful love for her poet, her wistful appeal—she is veritably the embodiment of the soul of woman. A notable cast is seen in this wonderful production, which was: directed by King Vidor, John Gilbert, as the poet Rodolphe, reaches the heights of his genius opposite Miss Gish, and Roy D’Arcy is said to repeat his triumph in “The Merry Widow” as the suave boulevardier, who represents all the hero’s jealous fears.
San Pedro Daily News , 30 June 1926