Friday 24 May 2019

Amazing Grace review: 'A glorious, almost unbearably moving testament to Aretha Franklin's soaring soul genius'

5 stars

Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

In January of 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded a live album of gospel music at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles.

Sydney Pollack and a film crew were on hand to shoot a planned documentary, but because someone forgot to use clapper boards, it became impossible to synchronise image and sound, and the film was never released.

Before Pollack died, he gave his blessing to producer Alan Elliott to begin the mammoth task of turning the long abandoned footage into a film.

When he finished, Aretha didn’t want it released. Lord knows why, because Amazing Grace is a glorious, almost unbearably moving testament to her soaring soul genius. Watching it, you wish you believed in God.

(G, 88mins)

Irish Independent

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment

Back to top