CBS Films | Release Date: June 7, 2019
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GreatMartinJun 25, 2019
Walking up the aisle after watching/listening to his last aria you feel as if you really missed out in life not having been a friend of Luciano Pavarotti who made everyone he met feel just that, grabbing you with a smile that engulfed you.Walking up the aisle after watching/listening to his last aria you feel as if you really missed out in life not having been a friend of Luciano Pavarotti who made everyone he met feel just that, grabbing you with a smile that engulfed you. Add to that a voice, that either singing or speaking brings you in closer into his world.

Watching him with his own children or, later, the many children whose path he crossed, seeing him mentor singers to be, working with people like Bobo, dedicating a song to Princess Diane sitting in the rain with thousands of others all getting drenched, you will wish you were with him every step of the way.

The film is a straight forward biography of a man dubbed the "King of High C's" not only in words from him but from his family, friends, co-workers but from people behind the scenes. He may have had enemies but none appear or are referred to here. Yes, he could be a 'prima donna' but not to others, only with himself.

Pavarotti was a big man physically, (and there is a funny bit as he describes what a diet is), and exuded warmth and a voice that not only could but did charm each individual member of a 500,000 audience.

In the clips of The Three Tenors tour consisting of Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras with conductor Zubin Mehta you can see that he doesn't take over the performances but that the men know that he is the best of them all.

I defy all of you to sit through this documentary and not cry as this tenor sings and performs scenes from "La Boheme" and "Tosca" just to mention 2 of the many roles he did on the opera stage. You don't have to be an opera fan or even know opera to sit back, relax and listen to his voice play with your emotions.

Luciano Pavarotti, above all, was a man, and like most men wasn't perfect. He would later in life have an affair with a woman half his age and would have a child with her--actually twins with one dying at birth--which would lead to a divorce from his first wife with whom he had 3 children. She had provided the financial life for the family until he became successful and even after the divorce she still held the man in high esteem. The reactions from his daughters as a father are all over the place but there is no doubt they loved him and they have no doubt he returned that love.

Luciano Pavarotti's main goal in life was to bring opera 'to the people' which he did and now in "Pavarotti" he continues to do just that in this Ron Howard's beautiful, moving documentary.

An aside: I only saw Pavarotti in person once and that it was in 1965 in Miami where he appeared with Joan Sutherland.
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