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The never before seen movie featuring Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace.
Alan Elliot, Sydney Pollack
Aretha Franklin Reverend James Cleveland Southern California Community Choir C.L. Franklin
G 1 hour, 29 minutes

6.28.197.11.19

AMAZING GRACE

by Alan Elliot, Sydney Pollack

The never before seen movie featuring Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace.

Synopsis

The never before seen movie featuring Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace.

When Franklin was planning her album, Warner Brothers agreed to film the session in 1972.

Warner Brothers’ Director of Music Services, Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Pink Floyd Producer), proposed hiring Jim Signorelli, a documentary filmmaker and his team of 16mm cameramen. However, before Signorelli’s deal could be signed, Warner Brothers’ CEO, Ted Ashley, mentioned the project during a meeting with Sydney Pollack. At the time, Pollack was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his film, They Shoot Horses Don’t They. Pollack immediately signed up for the project upon hearing Franklin’s name.

Recorded live at Rev James Cleveland’s church in Watts, California in front of a lively audience/congregation, Amazing Grace would become the highest selling album of Franklin’s career and the most popular Gospel album of all time.

However, the film was never released publicly. Sydney Pollack was a feature-film director. When recording, sound is usually post-synched on the back-lot. After the remarkable two days of recording, the editors threw up their hands. There were no clappers, no marks to guide the sound into synch with the picture Pollack hired lip readers and specialist editors but received no luck. The film languished for almost 40 years before former Atlantic staff producer/Wexler protégé Alan Elliott came to Wexler and ultimately to Pollack. Together, Elliott, Wexler, and Pollack approached Warner Brothers about using new digital technology to match sound to picture and make a film out of the raw footage.

Forty-seven years later, this film is a testimony to the greatness of Aretha Franklin and a time machine window into a moment in American musical and social history.


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With

Aretha Franklin, Reverend James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir, C.L. Franklin

Director

Alan Elliot, Sydney Pollack

Run time

1 hour, 29 minutes

Released

April 5, 2019

Distributed by

Neon

Country

United States

Hearing Assistance

Closed Captioning Available
Assisted Listening Devices Available

Showing

Jun 28 through Jul 11

Showtimes for the upcoming week are published on Tuesdays. Please check back for additional times as they are added.

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Reviews

Peter Rainer The Christian Science Monitor
Rafer Guzman Newsday
Anne Hornaday The Washington Post

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