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Rated General

104 minutes

Dir: Ron Howard, UK/US, 2019
Luciano Pavarotti, Spike Lee, Stevie Wonder, Placido Domingo

“This love letter dedicated to opera’s biggest rock star, the larger-than-life Luciano Pavarotti, achieves something most documentaries about the deceased rarely do: It brings a man back to glorious life. Mindful of his humble beginnings as a baker’s son born in Modena, Italy, in 1935, the celebrated King of the High Cs exuded an authentic warmth that endeared him to millions during his storied career, whether he was singing an aria on the stage of the Met, giving a recital (white handkerchief in hand) in small-town rural America, or chatting in a guest chair on the Tonight Show. One look at him and you might be immediately infatuated – the dark curly hair and unkempt beard, the shining brown eyes, and a smile so open it looked as if he might swallow the world in one big, joyous gulp. Indeed, Pavarotti was a man defined by many voracious appetites, evidenced by his huggable, teddy-bear physique. Using film and video clips, photographs, and present-day interviews of friends, colleagues, and family members, director Howard and his fellow filmmakers have assembled a movie that captures the exuberant persona of its human subject matter, dead since 2007. It appears the Maestro’s charisma may be immortal.” - Steve Davis, The Austin Chronicle