AMAZING GRACE (U)
Playing at The Theatre
Sun 23rd June
In January 1972, Aretha Franklin, at the height of her power, spent two days in the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, USA to record her next album, Amazing Grace, which would go on to be one of the biggest selling live gospel albums of all time. While Aretha is known for the likes of RESPECT, THINK and I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER , Amazing Grace showcases one of the greatest soul singers returning to their roots, undertaking a more ‘experimental’ live genre album. The results are electrifying and a real treat for cinema-goers and music lovers alike.
Surrounded by microphones and cameras overseen by Sydney Pollack, what is captured on film here, uncovers one of the most mermising and compelling performances by one of the world’s biggest musical icons and powerhouses; in her element and on her own terms.
Deemed by many to be one of the greatest performances of her career and filmed at a time which saw Aretha Franklin embody a powerful symbol of black equality, the civil rights movement and a musical voice to Black America, Amazing Grace is a poignant artefact that has taken over 40 years to bring to the big screen, thanks now to new syncing equipment, and remains as relevant and captivating as ever.
★★★★ “Aretha Franklin’s electrifying concert film finally gets the respect it deserves” Daily Telegraph