The film is essential [and] far more than that: Watching it is a transcendent, spine-tingling, uplifting, utterly joyous experience.
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Amazing Grace

In 1971, Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, was America's biggest singing star. Aretha and producer Jerry Wexler came to Los Angeles to make a gospel album. Recorded live with Reverend James Cleveland in Watts, "Amazing Grace" became the biggest selling album of Aretha's career and the best selling gospel album of all time. What remained a secret was that the session, which took place in front of a shouting, amen-ing and dancing audience/congregation, had been filmed by Sydney Pollack. Forty years later, this film is a testimony to the greatness of Aretha Franklin and a time machine window into a moment of American musical and social history.

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Rated NR
Runtime: 87 min
Language: English
FEATURED REVIEW: Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
“We are here for a religious service,” gospel legend Reverend James Cleveland reminds his audience in Los Angeles’s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church at the start of 'Amazing Grace.' It also happens to be a concert, and a recording session: Over two nights in 197...

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