Aretha Franklin blocks documentary release as decades-long dispute continues

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Aretha Franklin’s live album Amazing Grace is considered a one-of-a-kind treasure: it went double platinum, is still the artist’s biggest seller and remains the top-selling traditional gospel LP in history. For decades, Franklin has been blocking a 87-minute long Sydney Pollack documentary by the same name which was set to premiere on Friday at the Telluride Film Festival – that is, until, a Denver judge granted an emergency injunction to block its viewing just three hours before the screening. The legendary singer has long objected to the use of the lost footage from this concert, which was filmed in January 1972 at a Los Angeles church and is famously silent, as Pollack failed to sync sound with the footage. “Justice, respect and what is right prevailed and one’s right to own their own self-image,” Franklin said in a statement issued on Saturday. The Chicago International Film Festival has since pulled the film from its lineup.

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