Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin

Sydney Pollack, Alan Elliott, USA 2018, 89’
Polish premiere
Don’t Blink – Robert Frank

America’s Queen of Soul, the songwriter Aretha Franklin, recorded her gospel album Amazing Grace live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles during two nights in January 1972. She sang for a mainly African American audience to the accompaniment of the Southern California Community Choir, conducted by Alexander Hamilton, with James Cleveland on the piano. The audience for the second evening’s session included Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, who were in Los Angeles to finish their album Exile on Main St. The music critic Jordan Hoffman believes that changes made to some of the songs on their album, such as “Shine a Light” and “Let It Loose,” were inspired by Franklin’s performance. Amazing Grace became the best-selling gospel album of all time, strengthening Franklin’s position as the undisputed diva of soul and serving as a turning point in the history of American music against the backdrop of the social changes taking place in the United States in the early 1970s. The film—a genuine musical treasure—is being shown for the first time.

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Image Awards (NAACP) 2019 - Image Award

Sydney Pollack

The legendary director, producer, and actor Sydney Pollack is a descendant of Russian immigrants. His awards include several Oscars, a British BAFTA, and a French César. He studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse. His best-known film is Out of Africa (1985), a romance featuring unforgettable performances by Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, as well as Tootsie (1982), with a bravura performance by Dustin Hoffman, and The Way We Were (1972), featuring the duo of Redford and Barbara Streisand.

Selected filmography

1969 Czyż nie dobija się koni? / They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

1972 Jeremiah Johnson

1982 Tootsie

1985 Pożegnanie z Afryką / Out of Africa

1993 Firma / The Firm

2005 Tłumaczka / The Interpreter

Alan Elliott

In addition to creating musicals, Alan Elliott is also a television director and producer. He has collaborated with Warner Bros and Atlantic. Phil Collins, Prince, Quincy Jones, Miles Davies, En Vogue, Paul Simon, Debbie Gibson, Tori Amos, and Jamiroquai are among the many artists and stars he has produced and written for. He purchased the rights to Amazing Grace in 2007.


2018 Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin

Cast & Crew

director Sydney Pollack, Alan Elliott
editing Jeff Buchanan
sound Jon Gerdemann, Steve Neal, Greg Ortiz, Serge Perron
producer Joe Boyd, Joey Carey, Alan Elliott, Alexandra Jones, Rob Johnson, Chiemi Karasawa, Spike Lee, Stefan Nowicki, Sabrina V.Owens, Angie Seegers, Tirrell D.Whittley, Joseph Woolf
sales Arek Jaskólski
language English
coloration colour
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