About the film
Release Date: Aug 29, 2019
Director: Alan Elliot
Actors: Aretha Franklin, Rev. James Cleveland"Spine-tingling", "sensational", "rousing" - just a few of the words used to describe Aretha Franklin's show-stopping performance in this previously unreleased film of her 1972 concert.
The legendary singer and daughter of a Detroit preacher was raised on gospel music. After a string of hits, at age 29 she returned briefly to her roots. Over two days at L.A.'s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, accompanied by the Southern Californian Community Choir, Aretha sang from the heart and her astounding performance was captured by filmmaker Sydney Pollack. The resulting recording, Amazing Grace, became her most successful album, but the film of her performance – for multiple reasons – was never released...until now. In the audience her father, legendary gospel singers and Mick Jagger are squished alongside camera crew and sound technicians. But all eyes and ears are on the Queen of Soul herself – and she's never been more mesmerising.
A triumph of timeless artistry over transitory obstacles; its very existence is a secular miracle.
You get both the most lovely gaze a professional camera’s ever laid upon Aretha Franklin and some of the mightiest singing she’s ever laid on you.
New York Times