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Ron Howard's 'Pavarotti' is an ebullient and elegantly straightforward documentary / ARAB TIMES

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Watching a documentary about a famous and beloved artist, I'll sometimes be suffused with a childlike desire to see his or her life flow forward in one long uninterrupted river of happiness and achievement, with no slumps or setbacks, no peccadilloes, no dark side. It never works out that way, of course. If it did, the subject wouldn't be human.

Yet for a great long stretch of "Pavarotti", Ron Howard's ebullient and elegantly straightforward documentary about the most celebrated operatic singer of the second half of the 20th century, it's easy to get swept up into the fantasy that Luciano Pavarotti, in his robust and rotund smiling-tenor-of-the-masses way, was at once a supreme performer and an exemplary person, relatively simple in his success.

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