|Directed by Sydney Pollack / Alan Elliott, USA 2019
87 mins. English dialogue
Featuring Aretha Franklin recording her 1972 live album of the same name, it was filmed by director Sydney Pollack, fresh from his success with They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Due to synchronising issues between audio tracks and the visuals, the film languished in a vault at Warner Brothers until 2007 when producer Alan Elliott purchased the raw footage and attempted to sync it. The pared-down footage, now 87 minutes in length, was planned for a 2011 release. However, Franklin sued Elliott for appropriating her likeness without permission and the release date passed. After Franklin's death in 2018, her family made an arrangement to release the film which occured worldwide on 5 April 2019. The film has met with universal critical acclaim as one of the new gold standard of filmed music concerts.
|What the Critics say:|
|"The effect is ecstatic; she sounds like the holiest of trumpets, with every note piercingly bright yet as soft as velvet. Listening to Franklin, you feel like you could ride that voice into the heavens. She’s not just a singer, she’s a human chariot." (Owen Gleiberman - Variety)|