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The Apollo (2019)

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The HBO documentary THE APOLLO, helmed by Oscar- and Emmy-winning director Roger Ross Williams, chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of New York City's landmark Apollo Theater. The feature-length film weaves together archival clips of music, comedy and dance performances; behind-the-scenes verité footage of the team that makes the theater run; and interviews with such artists as Jamie Foxx, Angela Bassett, Pharrell Williams, Common, Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson. While uncovering the rich history of the internationally renowned theater that has influenced American music and culture for 85 years, Williams also examines the current state of race in America, following a new multi-media adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' best-selling book "Between the World and Me" as it comes together on the theater's grand stage.

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Williams does a terrific job of layering decades of iconic music through the film.

November 21, 2019 | Full Review…
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There's probably a multi-part documentary series that could be built out of all that footage that zips by, from Ella Fitzgerald regally singing at the mic to a young Lauryn Hill bombing on amateur night.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…

[E]ssential history and quintessential performance expertly woven together to remind us what lasting, vibrant artistry and community looks like.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…

While "The Apollo" itself might have taken a more inventive approach, it derives its power from the artistry it captures.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The Apollo feels like both a necessary lesson and a gift.

May 9, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A meditation of African-American identity as manifested in a 1,600-seat theater on 125th Street in Harlem, and a sometimes lyrical, often angry portrait of what happened inside those walls and what it meant.

April 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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