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He was an exceptional artist, a great singer and a charismatic entertainer: Luciano Pavarotti (1935 - 2007) managed to make the opera accessible to a wide audience. He lured people to the opera houses of the world and with José Carreras and Plácido Domingo as "The Three Tenors" he managed to sell more records and concert tickets than many a great pop star. The combination of his unique voice and his very special charisma ensured that people were at his feet - especially women....
Twelve years after the death of this great artist, director Ron Howard has dedicated a documentary to him that is well worth seeing: "Pavarotti". Howard, who has already proven with his documentary about the Beatles how stirring such cinematic monuments can be, has once again gathered together masses of archive material, private footage and recordings of performances for this documentary and also lets companions and family members have their say.One can of course criticize that a film like "Pavarotti" does not deal critically with the portrayed artist. The film is a song of praise, you should be aware of that. The fact that Luciano Pavarotti was no saint is hinted at, but not elaborated further. But that need not be the case. After all, Howard is interested in showing what made Pavarotti so special as an artist and as a person and why he made so many people so infinitely happy with his voice. And he achieves this with this partly very intimate and also fascinating portrait very, very well! You don't have to love opera to like "Pavarotti." If you have a weakness for rousing artists' biographies and don't mind them being presented in a somewhat one-sided way, you should not miss this documentation. Worth seeing!
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