Pavarotti by Mat Raymond | Script Revolution




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True life biopic of Luciano Pavarotti.
The true story of famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti's lifelong quest to earn the love and respect of the lone person in the opera world he could not receive it from – his own father.

From the time Luciano Pavarotti was a teenager, he pleaded with his father, FERNANDO, to help him to become a famous opera singer, an ambition that Fernando was adamantly against from the start. After secretly enlisting the services of CARLO BENINI, a respected but militant vocal coach, Luciano enters a prestigious singing competition that his father had previously competed in as a teenager. Upon losing the competition, a devastated Luciano resorts to selling insurance door to door to support his wife and new child. When a last minute cancellation allows Luciano to fill in for the world’s leading opera tenor at the New York Met, Fernando is again dismissive of this opportunity. After a virtually unknown Luciano captivates the audience in New York, he befriends a Brooklyn based manager named HERBERT BRESLIN who believes Luciano could be a major star, but a sudden plane crash momentarily convinces Luciano’s family and friends that he has perished. Upon learning that Luciano survived, Herbert flies to Italy to pitch the idea of headlining Madison Square Garden, an audacious suggestion met by strong resistance from everyone in the opera world. When the Garden unexpectedly sells out not one but two nights, it solidifies Luciano’s place as an opera phenomenon, but the moment is bitter-sweet when he learns that his father was a no-show, despite Luciano having purchased his plane ticket. It’s eventually revealed that Fernando’s reluctance to accept Luciano’s success is due not from his lack of faith in his son, but from resentment of his own failed opera career. As Luciano’s popularity and wealth begin to take a toll on his personal and professional life, he struggles with making a choice between the two. Following the death of his beloved mother, Luciano insists that Fernando at long last come clean about his resentment for his success, which he does. Upon Fernando’s death, Luciano bids farewell to the world in one final concert at the NY Met where his career began.

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"Not only does this story have the potential to attract the massive global fan base that he accrued while he was alive; it could also foreseeably draw in those who know nothing about opera but want to see the tantalizing tale of an artist’s rise to record-breaking fame. This is the kind of material that pulls at the heartstrings and leaves the impact of a real journey, with its themes of love, family, success -- and the costs of success, all playing out against the backdrop of a true story."

Submitted: May 4, 2017
Last Updated: June 4, 2018
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The Writer: Mat Raymond

Southern born, Southern bred, LA based. I miss fried okra and Grapico. Raised on Van Halen, not Van Hagar, Bon Scott not Bon Jovi, John Hughes not Judd Apatow. Background in music + film. UCLA TV Writing program... for a minute. I write (mostly) biopics about obscure subjects that speak to me and I promise they will speak to you, too. I wrote a TV show about accounting fraud and the raiders of the largest cookie jars on earth. Favorite movies are Amelie, Rachel Getting Married, 200 Cigarettes, Pump Up The Volume, Rushmore, A Few Good Men, Bottlerocket, Good Will Hunting, Days of Thunder, The Firm, Young Guns II, Dazed And Confused, Fletch, Elizabethtown, The Goonies, COBB, The Player,... Go to bio
Law Firm: Greenberg + Glusker
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