Amazing Grace

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Amazing Grace

Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace

Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
USA, 1972, 2019
Features, 89min, OmdU

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Amazing Grace

Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
USA, 1972, 2019
Features, 89min, OmdU

So
03
Nov
23:00
Gartenbaukino
Mo
04
Nov
18:30
Urania
Mit: 
Aretha Franklin
the Reverend James Cleveland
C.F. Franklin
the Southern California Community Choir
Schnitt: 
Jeff Buchanan
Musik: 
Aretha Franklin

Produktion: 
40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks
Al’s Records And Tapes
Rampant
Sundial Pictures
Time
Warner Bros
Weltvertrieb: 
Endeavor Content
Verleih in Österreich: 
Polyfilm
Format: 
DCP
Farbe

Im Jahr 1972 nahm Aretha Franklin live in einer Kirche in L.A. ihre bis heute bestverkaufte Schallplatte auf. Mit dem Doppelalbum „Amazing Grace“ kehrte die als Tochter eines Predigers aufgewachsene Queen of Soul zu den Klängen ihrer Kindheit zurück: Gospelmusik. Gefilmt hatte die beiden Sessions vor Publikum seinerzeit Sydney Pollack, der bei den Dreharbeiten allerdings vergaß, Film- und Tonmaterial zu synchronisieren. Das Material landete schließlich beim Produzenten Alan Elliott, dem dies mit erheblicher Fummelarbeit doch noch gelang. Das Ergebnis ist ein intimer Konzertfilm mit einem hingerissenen Publikum und einer unverwechselbar kraftvollen Sängerin – letztlich mehr Aretha als Jesus. (Lars Penning)

 

A rare document of a certain period, AMAZING GRACE reveals a specific atmosphere that shifts between the spiritual and the unspoken political moods of those days. Sydney Pollack obviously understands what he was witnessing, as a white filmmaker at a gathering of black brothers and sisters. In 1972, after several successful records, the late Aretha Franklin wanted to do something different. So she returned to the music she grew up with. She brought her band to the Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles to produce “Amazing Grace” – the best-selling soul album released to date. Pollack was asked to cover the event by Warner Bros., but the material was never released. Today, after Franklins death, it seems like the right time. Pollack keeps the presence of the camera to the necessary, not trying to add anything sensational to the dense atmosphere. Franklin, an outspoken voice of Black America all her life, raises her voice and the audience is part of it. Although Franklin had been honored with five Grammys and was a superstar at the time, she is transcendent in this two-day-session, becoming something magical, bigger than the individual. “I want to walk the streets of gold, in the homeland of the soul”, she sings. (Gunnar Landsgesell)

Alan Elliott: AMAZING GRACE (2019)

Sydney Pollack: THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED (1966), THE SCALPHUNTERS (1968), THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? (1969), JEREMIAH JOHNSON (1972), THE YAKUZA (1974), THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (1975), THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN (1979), TOOTSIE (1982), OUT OF AFRICA (1985), THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (1989), HAVANA (1990), PRESUMED INNOCENT (1990), THE FIRM (1993), RANDOM HEARTS (1999), THE INTERPRETER (2005)