Amazing Grace 88 mins

  • Amazing Grace
  • Amazing Grace
  • Amazing Grace
  • Amazing Grace
  • Amazing Grace

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"Spine-tingling", "sensational", "rousing" - just a few of the words used to describe Aretha Franklin's show-stopping performance. In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded the album Amazing Grace at a church in South Los Angeles. The film has never been released, until now.

Aretha Franklin may have ascended, but the Queen of Soul is far from forgotten - and a new music documentary Amazing Grace reminds us of this while capturing an iconic moment in her life. Following her in 1972 as she recorded one of her greatest albums, the eponymous Amazing Grace, the then 29-year-old combined her prodigious talents with the Southern California Community Gospel Choir to create what would become the most successful gospel album of all time.

The Sydney Pollack directed film was long-shelved but is now finally seeing a release in the wake of Franklin's death. Replete with never-before-seen footage and candid glimpses of a true musical genius, AMAZING GRACE is an ode to Aretha as well as the vital gospel music movement within the 60s and 70s America.

★★★★ 'Without doubt, one of the finest music documentaries ever.' The Guardian

' The energy of her performance is electrifying.' - Los Angeles Times

'Nothing short of a revelation, soaring from one chilling-inducing moment to another.' -  NRP

'It's very existence is a miracle.' - The New Yorker

'Extraordinary...A full-on experience, Body and Soul.' - Vox

' Everybody deserves to have Aretha Franklin take them to the moon...don't bother with tissues bring a towel.' - The New York Times

'Soul-shaking.' - Los Angeles Times

'Sublime.' - The Film Stage

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A triumph of timeless artistry over transitory obstacles; its very existence is a secular miracle.
New Yorker
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

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