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Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China

  • Runtime: 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Genres: Biography, Culture & Society, Sociology, Music


This is a filmed record of Luciano Pavarotti's first trip to China. As a climax to several touristy sequences, Pavarotti performs at his near-peak in the Great Hall (he even shows up on time; take note, American opera fans). Beyond the music, the film is a textbook of "culture clash" vignettes. Along the way, however, we also see that those clashing cultures have quite a few things in common. Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China is not as deep or meaningful as the more