Films at the Lexi group of Brent U3A
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A monthly film screening followed by discussion
The Lexi Cinema, 194b Chamberlayne Road London NW10 3JU.
Logo right © Lexi Cinema.
Buses 6, 52, 187, 302; Kensal Rise Overground station.
On a Wednesday each month at 1.30 pm.
Wednesday 29 May 2019
At the peak of her vocal prowess and as a powerful symbol of the racial struggle, the queen of soul Aretha Franklin decided to go back to her roots where she learned her craft - the church.
In 1972, her triumphant recording of the outstanding gospel album Amazing Grace was filmed live by Sydney Pollack over two days, with the congregation and choir packed with invited guests and her closest influencers.
The subsequent film has never been released because of technical difficulties - they couldn’t get the sound to synch up with the visuals (he forgot to use the clapperboard). Well, today, they have the technology. And now we have this precious document.
The result is an electrifying, goosebump-raising, eye-watering, emotionally draining, sublime musical experience. She is in her natural element in a Baptist church, backed by the choir who urge her on, with an audience who are visibly and demonstrably moved by her. It’s like no other concert footage I’ve ever heard or seen.
Just the trailer brought tears to my eyes with the power of that soaring voice. As one line from the NY Times says, “don’t bring tissues. Bring a towel.”
PS... there is very little speech... just a few introductions, so it probably won’t need to be subtitled.
Come, soak up some atmosphere
More about Amazing Grace at the the Lexi website.
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