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A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin's album Amazing Grace at The New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.
When Franklin was planning her album, Warner Brothers agreed to film the session in 1972. Sydney Pollack was a feature-film director. He immediately signed up for the project upon hearing Franklin’s name. However, the film was never released publicly. 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 Records staff producer Alan Elliott came to Jerry 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 timemachine window into a moment in American musical and social history.
Directed by Sydney Pollack & Alan Elliott
1 hour, 27 minutes