Once hidden from the public entirely, the spine-tingling film of Aretha Franklin’s legendary 1972 concert has finally been released for all to marvel at. Following a string of hits throughout the late ’60s, the iconic singer and daughter of a Detroit preacher returned to her Gospel roots over two days at L.A.’s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Accompanied by the Southern Californian Community Choir, and captured by filmmaker Sydney Pollack, the late Franklin brought the house down time and time again with her sensational, soaring vocals. She’s never been more mesmerising.
★★★★★ “It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle — just some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God” — Rolling Stone