Film - Feature | December 1 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded the live album Amazing Grace at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. A film crew documented the two-day performance by the Queen of Soul before audiences that included one of Franklins mentors, gospel musician Clara Ward, as well as Mick Jagger. While the recording of the concert became Franklins biggest bestseller, the film was not released until 2018, when producer Alan Elliott completed the work originally undertaken by Sydney Pollack. Its the closest thing to witnessing a miraclejust some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).
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