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Director Sydney Pollack was totally inexperienced in shooting music documentary and shot without clapper boards snapping shut at the beginning of each take to help synchronize sound and picture in post-production. As a result of this mistake, even after months of work by experts, the 20 hours of footage couldn't be synchronized with the audio tracks. The choir director from the Watts recordings was brought in to try to lip-read the reels, but after months of work, only about 150 minutes of footage had been matched with sound, none of it adding up to a complete, useable song. Deadlines passed as the "Amazing Grace" album came out in June 1972, selling millions with no synergy. In August, Warner Bros. officially wrote off and shelved the movie. Pollack never gave up on the project, but constantly had other commitments. In 2007, dying of cancer, Pollack finally handed the documentary project over to producer and music enthusiast Alan Elliott. See more »
This is much more than a concert film. Sydney Pollack's use of multiple cameras that record everyone involved in this affair -- not least the choir and the audience -- leads to electrifying results. There is so much heart and enthusiasm and interchange in this movie that it almost eclipses the music -- fantastic though that music is. Because this is Aretha Franklin and all the talented people with her making incredible Gospel music come to life. But again, this is much more than Aretha -- it is everyone in the room singing, dancing, relating and having the time of their lives.
Special kudos go to the team that synched up the sound with the picture, and to the editor (Jeff Buchanan) whose sensitive interweaving of the footage makes seeing this movie as good, if not better, as being in the room when the concerts happened.
Nearly 50 years in the making, this is a movie you must go out and see on a large screen. Don't miss it!
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