Amazing Grace – (dir. Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack)
West Mall 7 Theatres – Doors Open 6:00pm – Film Begins 6:30pm
TRT: 120 min includes Special Pre-show Bonus Short Film
Genre: Documentary, Musical, Gospel, Performing Arts
This film included in Fast Pass admission.
Awards: 2019 National Society of Film Critics Awards USA
Film Summary: In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded the album Amazing Grace at a church in South Los Angeles. The film has never been released until now. This is the documentary presenting the live recording of her album at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January of 1972.
What the critics are saying:
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.
– Wesley Morris, New York Times
As a document of an iconic musician’s skills, the film is essential. But Amazing Grace is far more than that: Watching it is a transcendent, spine-tingling, uplifting, utterly joyous experience.
– Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR
Franklin’s voice remains so pure and galvanic that [this] is one of the few movies you could watch with your eyes closed, though you would hardly want to.
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
People have been listening to Amazing Grace for decades, but watching the album get made is a full-on experience, body and soul.
– Alissa Wilkinson, VOX
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