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Ron Howard's latest documentary is no mere love-in for the late Luciano Pavarotti / The National

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After a highly successful acting career in his youth, Ron Howard, 65, has long been established as one of Hollywood's most successful directors. Films such as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, which won him the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director in 2002, are on his CV. But only recently has Howard turned to documentary features, with 2013's Jay Z film Made in America and his 2016 film about The Beatles, Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. "I find it incredibly stimulating and inspiring to work on a doc project," he explains, when we meet to talk about the subject of his latest documentary, the larger-than-life Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

Howard's tour through the life of Pavarotti, who died in 2007 of pancreatic cancer, aged 71, will be illuminating for the casual fan who may only be aware of his work with The Three Tenors. In more than a decade, Pavarotti staged a series of concerts in Modena, Italy, called Pavarotti and Friends, to aid children living amid conflict in Bosnia, even getting the likes of Bono to perform with him. The U2 lead singer features in the documentary in a surprisingly revealing interview.

Pavarotti is in cinemas across the UAE now. READ THE FULL National ARTICLE