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The Portland Mercury - 05-03

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Even at a remove of 47 years, and even with Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace album firmly established as a familiar classic in the canon of recorded music, the movie is a staggering thing to behold, and is probably the greatest filmed document of American gospel music that has ever been captured. While everyone’s relationship with God (or lack thereof) is different, I don’t think there’s anybody who can sit through Amazing Grace and not pick up on something recognizably holy in this music. Whether it’s proof of a divine creator is entirely up to you; for me, it’s more than enough that the music itself is capable of attaining the quality of what we generally think of as divine. (Now playing, Cinema 21, Hollywood Theatre) NED LANNAMANN.