Cinematique Presents: “Amazing Grace”

May 20, 2019

Amazing Grace runs from Monday, June 10 thru Wednesday, June 12. It screens Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm in Thalian Hall’s Main Theatre.

Aretha Franklin shines in this concert film (directed by Sydney Pollack and later realized by producer Alan Elliott) featuring her 1972 live album of the same name. The film also stars James Cleveland, C. L. Franklin, Chuck Rainey, Clara Ward, and Mick Jagger. After the original release date was delayed in 1972 due to difficulties syncing the audio with the video, the footage remained untouched until 2007, when the producer purchased it. The pared-down footage was planned for a 2011 release, but for legal reasons the release was postponed. After Franklin's death in 2018, her family made an arrangement to release the film after decades of anticipation, premiering at Doc NYC to rave reviews.

"Amazing Grace" can stand as an essential filmed record of what is undoubtedly one of the greatest gospel performances you'll ever see.

Owen Gleiberman

Variety

It is a transcendent film. It’s also a surprisingly simple one, perhaps keeping with the unfussy circumstances.

Bilge Ebiri

Vulture

For ticket information, call the Thalian Box Office, Monday - Saturday, 2PM-6PM, 910-632-2285 or visit at 310 Chestnut Street. Advance ticket purchase available – no extra charge to purchase in advance by phone or in person at the Thalian Box Office. Tickets are also available at the Thalian Hall Website. Admission is $7 (+ tax and $1 ticketing fee).