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The work as it stands now has considerable merit as a document recorded during a watershed period of the American civil rights movement. As a concert film, it's elevated by Franklin's powerhouse three-octave range and soulful phrasing.
It's a perfect marriage of faith and showbiz, dignified by the fact that there's nothing ersatz about it. At its heart is an unfeigned exuberance, together with a sense of history, which informs the tears, laughter and fervent expressions of belief.
Glimpsed away from the mic, she sweeps past the camera with a Mona Lisa smile and no small talk. Between songs she again smiles and says nothing, that silence a story, her choice to be simply a vessel, not a star.
The film still isn't technically perfect - the editing is rough, technical snafus sometimes slow the flow and the camera crew is all too visible - but the sound and emotion power over any ragged spots.
Amazing Grace, featuring Aretha Franklin at the height of her powers, is one of the greatest concert documentaries ever made. It reaches so far into transcendence that watching it becomes an almost ecstatic experience.
The voice of Aretha Franklin is touched by God. And the glory is all there in this landmark concert film of her 1972 gospel shows, long delayed by technical problems. They say good things are worth waiting for. This shining light of a film proves it.