Distant Harmony (1987)

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Distant Harmony (1987). Distant Harmony: Directed by DeWitt Sage. With Kallen Esperian, Luciano Pavarotti, Madelyn Renée Monti. In 1986, Luciano Pavarotti was invited to Beijing to present La Bohème, conduct master classes and perform concerts for more than 150 million people. Academy Award-winning filmmaker DeWitt Sage captures every moment of Pavarotti's travels, from the tenor's famously cheerful exchanges with local singers to the inevitable clash of cultures.

“u0026quot;Sageu0026#39;s documentary records a bygone era with a certain degree of tenderness and tentativeness, although in retrospect, insight is in short measure. For example, the inexorable cultural clash between both parties in orchestrating this historical event is ruefully underrepresented here. What in abundance is Pavarottiu0026#39;s affable persona and open-faced curiosity, his impression of a China opening to the west lingers on the differences colored by mythicism rather than human commonality. Just like the title implies, Pavarotti is a cultural herald of forthcoming collaborations and cooperations, but the West still keeps a leery eye on such u0026quot;harmonyu0026quot;, a barrier rapturously dismantled by the tenoru0026#39;s unrivaled voice and unfeigned charisma.u0026quot;u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eread my full review on my blog: Cinema Omnivore, please google it, thanks.”


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