'Extraordinary', 'transcendent', 'spine-tingling'. This is just some of the praise from reviewers of Amazing Grace, the film of Aretha Franklin's 1972 recording of what became the best-selling live Gospel album of all time. Intimately filmed in a small church before a local congregation and brought to our screens just as it was recorded almost fifty years ago, why has this film provoked such a positive response from contemporary film critics?
Its huge impact is clearly due to Aretha's deeply personal rendition of so many powerful gospel songs such as 'What a friend we have in Jesus' and 'Precious Lord take my hand'.
Singing at the church pulpit, with a cross in front of her and a mural of Jesus behind her, Aretha uses her amazing vocal mastery and artistic excellence not to draw attention to herself but rather to draw out the message of the music.
Ethos Media now have a special arrangement with the film distributors for any church group to host their own outreach screening of the film in their local cinema at a date/time of their choosing - if they do they will receive a £100 gift that can be used towards the screening or towards their church/charity.
More details can be found at www.EthosMedia.org/AmazingGrace.
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