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Ron Howard's serious look at Luciano Pavarotti / The Spokesman-Review

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Director Ron Howard's recent interest in documentary filmmaking has created three productions that share a similar musical baseline but are very different in design and texture. "Made In America," a backstage look at Jay-Z's music festival, had a raw chaotic nature to it, while "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week" took a more intimate approach in looking at the Fab Four.

Howard's third and latest offering, "Pavarotti," takes a more traditional approach to storytelling. In a three-act design, Howard shows the life and legend of Luciano Pavarotti, the man dubbed "The People's Tenor." Through a standard mix of interviews and archival footage, Howard tells a warm and inviting story of the singer from his humble beginnings to the almost godlike status he achieved in the opera world. The thread that holds the project together is how genius can be both a blessing and a curse.

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