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Fuller picture of opera star emerges from Ron Howard's 'Pavarotti' / Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Some opera stars are simply too bright to fade. One such: Luciano Pavarotti. Just when the late tenor was beginning to fade from contemporary culture, out comes director Ron Howard with a warm-hearted documentary that not only brings Pavarotti roaring back to life but also humanizes a figure who in his prime was larger than life itself. The film, written by Mark Monroe and opening Thursday, June 20, at the Cedar Lee Theatre, covers Pavarotti's entire life, everything from his early childhood and debut in "La Boheme" in 1961 all the way through his rise to international megastardom and his death in 2007. We learn about his father, a baker and accomplished singer; meet his wives and children; and hear from colleagues, friends and critics who knew and worked with him at every stage.

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