Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace to be released almost 50 years after filming

Sydney Pollack’s documentary about Franklin’s legendary gospel album had suffered technical issues and legal holdups

Amazing Grace, a documentary film about Aretha Franklin directed by Sydney Pollack, will premiere in New York City almost 50 years after technical issues scuppered its original release and three years after Franklin’s lawyers blocked its premiere.

Shot over two nights in January 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, the film shows a 30-year-old Franklin return to her gospel roots. The resulting album, Amazing Grace, sold more than 2m copies in the US and remains the highest selling live gospel album of all time, as well as one of Franklin’s bestselling albums.

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