"Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China" (selected theaters) is a joyous celebration of the cultural exchange that occurred when Luciano Pavarotti toured China in June, 1986. In the company of Pavarotti and the Genoa Opera, with whom he performed "La Boheme," we experience a reaffirmation of the universality of art through the glories of Italian opera.
The beauty of Pavarotti's soaring voice is enough to bring tears to your eyes, and when this happens you realize again how precious art is in its capacity to touch the hearts of people everywhere and bring them together in a shared experience.
In the skilled hands of director DeWitt Sage and distinguished cameraman Miroslav Ondricek, "Distant Harmony" is far more than another China travelogue or a routine record of a good-will tour with all its usual ceremonies and formalities.
Ondricek's delicate sense of composition brings freshness to the familiar views of teeming Chinese street life, and Sage, an award-winning documentary maker, imaginatively juxtaposes scenes from Chinese opera with the production of "La Boheme" and accompanies travelogue-type footage with Pavarotti's singing on the sound track. The film contrasts Italian and Chinese arts and culture, defining them as well as combining them for an entirely new experience.