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Directed by Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack

United States 2018 89 mins. In English

This unbelievable two-day gospel concert film sees Aretha Franklin at her captivating best—and will come to be known as one of the greatest concert films, best seen on the big screen. Filmed in 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, this electrifying Franklin performance was notably shelved following sound sync issues, only to be intermittently brought back up by producer Alan Elliott—although Franklin repeatedly sued him for unspecified reasons, preventing the film’s release until 2018. A heady mix of beautifully-performed gospel classics, invigorating audience interaction, and dire discomfort when the towering figure of Franklin’s father makes an unscheduled appearance, Amazing Grace is an unforgettable experience, drenched in emotion and song.

Part of the 37th Annual Reel Music Festival.

Genres: Concert Film

Appears in: Reel Music 37



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