Amazing Grace
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Amazing Grace

For the first time we can get excited with the image of Aretha Franklin, captured by Sydney Pollack, No manches Frida 2 during the two nights of recording of the album ‘Amazing Grace’ in 1972. But what could be a mere advertising report hides in reality a small great miracle that you We highly recommend seeing in a movie theater. The film is presented in the Official Section Out of Competition.

What is it? It was 1972 and Aretha Franklin seemed to be at the peak of her career. With hits like ‘Baby I Love You’, ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)’ or ‘Say A Little Prayer’ behind, the singer decided to go back to her roots and dedicate a live album to music with the one that grew up: the gospel. To record it, Warner invited the Southern California Community Choir, a band and a hundred people from the public, to spend two nights in a conveniently-equipped Los Angeles church. From there I also had to leave a movie, which would be a report / making of promotional film made by Sydney Pollack himself. But, for technical reasons, The Last Whistle Pollack could not use clappers at the beginning of each shot that recorded the five cameras that were inside the venue and the 20 hours of footage that resulted from it were absolutely impossible to mount in post-production. In 2008, after the death of the director, the musical producer Alan Elliott rescued the material and, using the technology of the moment, managed to synchronize the image with the sound track. Seven years later, the documentary was ready and scheduled to be seen in Telluride and Toronto, but the same Aretha Franklin canceled its release for reasons still unknown. In 2018, after the death of the singer, the New York DOC Festival reached an agreement with the family and allowed the film to tour the most important film events in the world.

What’s up?. This movie is a real wonder that no music lover can stop seeing. Bohemian Rhapsody Trying to explain the feeling that transmits the hour and a half of footage is as complicated as rationalizing why a song excites us. To start, because with the First Lady of soul in front of the camera until the most mediocre documentary has something good. At first, in fact, it is the voice of the singer that captivates, while Pollack’s camera remains simply expectant. Inserts of a dedicated public, the energetic and spontaneous attitude of the members of the band and the choir, and it would seem that this would be everything.

But the effects of the magic of Aretha are not slow in Avengers of Justice Farce Wars supplying and, during the extended version of the subject ‘Amazing Grace’, one of the members of the choir begins to cry. From there to finish the almost eleven minutes of the song (with only voice and piano) the room is filled with watery eyes and soon there are more people crying than maintaining composure. Bernard Purdie, so far on the keys, changes the place to the choir director and retires to the back of the stage to give himself to tears. The same singer, so far as distanced from her own music, can not help but get excited.

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Duration: 120 min



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Amazing Grace