The 1972 documentary Amazing Grace paired director Sydney Pollack (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?) with Aretha Franklin, a 29-year old preacher’s daughter who had spent most of the previous decade recording secular music. The film documents the two-night recording of Amazing Grace, one of the most successful gospel albums of all time, though any number of setbacks delayed the release of the film until now. The praise for the film has been rapturous. “In and of itself a spiritual experience,” says The Root. “The closest thing to witnessing a miracle,” says Rolling Stone. “One of the finest music documentaries ever,” says The Guardian. And so on.
Amazing Grace screens at Avon Cinema in Providence and Jane Pickens Theater in Newport.