Notes & Reviews:
No-one did more to expand the audience for opera than the king of the high C himself, Pavarotti. He reconnected an elite art-form with popular audiences throughout the world, via his enthusiasm for life and unique ability to communicate to vast crowds through the simple medium of his magnificent voice, allied to great music. This documentary film takes the viewer behind the scenes of both Pavarotti's personal life and appearances at the great opera houses of the world, to create a unique portrait of a great and well-loved musician.
One shocking thing about this documentary on one of the most beloved classical performers of the 20th century is that it hasn't appeared sooner... this film by Esther Schapira is really good. This is how an arts documentary should be, all the time.
This excellent biopic strips away the layers of intrigue and drama to provide the viewer a glimpse into the singer's illustrious life.
The whole thing, well sourced, briskly edited and judiciously paced, is an engaging, easy-listening kind of watch, neither hagiography nor hatchet job. Future Pavarotti documentaries will doubtless ask more penetrating questions...but as a portrait of a man who loved food and women just as much as he did music, it's an accomplished piece of work.
Run Time: 93 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Japanese
The disc features interviews with his ex-wife (most illuminating these sequences are), Bono, Jose Carreras, Herbert Breslin (who just recently passed away), as well as several others. Each offers stories that shed insight into the positives and negatives of Mr. Pavarotti, his playfulness, love of food and female companionship, as well as his unique ability to draw and move large audiences. When you hear clips of him singing, you just canít help but smile. And the segment featuring Jose Carreras talking about the 2am or so call from Luciano while they were on tour is just delightful.
The video has wonderful footage that shows his home town, various opera houses, as well as some intriguing images and stories about his father, who is described as having an incredible voice as well. This is a really fascinating film, and definitely worth watching for those that want to experience some of the magic of Luciano. Very strongly recommended.
Submitted on 06/25/12 by KlingonOpera
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- Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)