THE VOICE – THE MAN – THE DRAMA – THE LEGEND
A Film by Ron Howard
The award-winning filmmaking team behind the hit documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years turns to another musical phenomenon with PAVAROTTI, an in-depth, no holds barred look at the life, career and lasting legacy of the musical icon. Dubbed “The People’s Tenor,” Pavarotti was the rare combination of personality, genius and celebrity and he used his prodigious gifts to spread the gospel of opera as entertainment – and something to be enjoyed by all music lovers. Through the sheer force of his talent, Pavarotti commanded the great stages of the world, and captured the hearts of audiences everywhere. Featuring rare interviews with his family and colleagues, never-before-seen footage, and state of the art Dolby Atmos sound, this look at a remarkable man and musical giant is directed by Academy Awardâ winner Ron Howard.
“Some can sing opera. Luciano Pavarotti was an opera.” ~Bono
He had one of the most epic voices and expressive hearts in human history, but in Ron Howard’s documentary, the remarkable Luciano Pavarotti is seen as he’s never been seen before: in a ravishingly intimate close-up that delves behind the glory of his music and the heat of his charisma to uncover his private human struggles, humor and hopes. Echoing the universal themes that have kept opera relevant in the 21st Century—love, passion, joy, family, loss, risk, beauty—the film weaves a story of a man discovering, wrestling with and ultimately learning to harness the monumental enormity of his gifts.
The golden-hued voice of Pavarotti speaks for itself. But Howard sets out here to uncover the man, finding an unceasingly fascinating human being formed from contrasts—mixing child-like lightness with a deep soul, a strong loyalty to his peasant upbringing and that enigmatic X-factor that drives some to the skirt the edges of human possibility.
“I saw the film as an opportunity to explore Pavarotti’s life through never-before-seen footage and intimate interviews with the man himself, as well as his closest family and friends,” says Howard. “But I also came to learn that one of Pavarotti’s most ambitious goals was to broaden the reach of his art so that more would fall in love with opera. Time after time he would go out of his way, whether it was through teaching or traveling to the heartland of America or to China, to introduce people to the power of opera. So, I also have a personal hope that our documentary might help continue that work. Luciano so loved music. He so loved people. And he wanted to bring the beauty of music to as many people around the world as he could.”
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Academy Awardâ-winning filmmaker Ron Howard (Director, Producer) is one of this generation’s most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films.
Howard directed and produced Cinderella Man starring Oscarâ winner Russell Crowe, with whom he previously collaborated on A Beautiful Mind, for which Howard earned an Oscarâ for Best Director and which also won awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. The film garnered four Golden Globes as well, including the award for Best Motion Picture Drama. Additionally, Howard won Best Director of the Year from the Directors Guild of America. Howard and producer Brian Grazer received the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign for their work on the film.
Howard’s skill as a director has long been recognized. In 1995, he received his first Best Director of the Year award from the DGA for Apollo 13. The true-life drama also garnered nine Academy Awardâ nominations, winning Oscarsâ for Best Film Editing and Best Sound. It also received Best Ensemble Cast and Best Supporting Actor awards from the Screen Actor’s Guild. Many of Howard’s past films have received nods from the Academy, including the popular hits Backdraft, Parenthood and Cocoon, the last of which took home two Oscarsâ. Howard was honored by the Museum of Moving Images in December 2005, and by the American Cinema Editors in February 2006. Howard and his creative partner Brian Grazer, were honored by the Producers Guild of America with the Milestone Award in January 2009, NYU’s Tisch School of Cinematic Arts with the Big Apple Award in November 2009 and by the Simon Wiesenthal Center with their Humanitarian Award in May 2010. In June 2010, Howard was honored by the Chicago Film Festival with their Gold Hugo – Career Achievement Award. In March 2013, Howard was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. In December 2015, Howard was honored with a star in the Motion Pictures category, making him one of the very few to have been recognized with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.