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Directed by Various

United States 1984 96 mins. In English

In the late 1970s, legendary soul singer Al Green quit his label and devoted himself to recording only gospel music, while achieving continued commercial success with albums like The Lord Will Make a Way and He is the Light, among others. In this 1984 document, director Robert Mugge films a deeply spirited Green concert, in which the singer gives absolutely everything he has to entertain the crowd, delivering an electrifying performance. Intercut with this concert footage and behind-the-scenes candid conversations with Green, Mugge shows us the man behind the legend and provides insight into his recusal from secular music. With Gospel According to Al Green, Mugge delivers one of the finest concert films of all time.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music 36

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