Rejoice & Shout (2011)
Rejoice and Shout traces the evolution of Gospel through its many musical styles - the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing into Gospel, the emergence of Soul, and the blending of Rap and Hip Hop elements. Gospel music also walked in step with the story of African-American culture - slavery, hardscrabble rural existence and plantation work, the exodus to major cities, the Depression, World War II, civil rights and empowerment. Rejoice and Shout connects the history of African-American culture with Gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large. Years in the making, Rejoice and Shout captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity - the sermonizing, the heartfelt testimonials, getting slain in the spirit, the hard hollering, and of course the inspiring music. --(c) Magnolia … More
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Critic Reviews for Rejoice & Shout
The result is an uneven film, despite all the talent on display and the importance of the project.
The film includes a number of outstanding musical performances by gospel groups, soloists and other musicians. This is a good film for fans of gospel music, or those who want to find out more about the history of gospel music.
'Rejoice and Shout' treats a long century and could have been more incisive and included fuller performance clips by dispensing with head interviews that interrupt often and at length.
The challenge in creating a historical nonfiction music film is getting the right balance of information and song; McGlynn wisely stressed the music.
The performances unearthed by director Don McGlynn... are just so energetic and captivating.
"Rejoice" is both a history and an appreciation of gospel, and works on both counts.
If you don't know gospel music, really know it, you are missing out on a lot, but don't lose faith. "Rejoice and Shout," a vibrant and comprehensive new documentary will take you there in style.
A relentlessly chronological, talking-head documentary that sets itself the impossible task of telling the whole rousing, spirit-lifting story of African American Christian music from slavery till now.
As both musical and educational experience, Rejoice and Shout offers plenty of reason to do just that.
Ends up being far from authoritative and misses some key opportunities to dig deep into intriguing characters and issues.
A consistently entertaining documentary bringing together a remarkable variety of surviving performances on films and records, going back to circa 1900.
An exhaustively comprehensive documentary on the 200-year musical history of African-American Christianity, Don McGlynn's movie is a defacto concert film, buoyed as it is with stirring rare performances.
There have been other terrific documentaries about gospel, but this is the first gospel film to draw on an incalculably rich archive of material going back more than 100 years.
Footage from that golden era still makes Rejoice & Shout worthwhile, from the groups that created variations on the barbershop quartets to competing ensembles from the South that were formed at schools for the blind. It is moving stuf.
Don McGlynn's gospel documentary takes a gratifyingly comprehensive look at an ecstatic American art form.
Audience Reviews for Rejoice & Shout
"Rejoice and Shout" is an informative and entertaining documentary that acts as a survey history of gospel music, allowing it to not only be told by experts, but in the wonderful music which is shown in many delightful clips. This way we can see how gospel music has not only influenced music in general but also been affected by the outside world at large. Regretfully, the documentary does not know where to start, going off on tangents for a while before finally settling for the beginning which in this case is slavery where the Christianity of the masters mixed with the slaves' native religion to create a new form of Christianity. Soon after which, music was added to the mix.
As well testified, gospel music springs from the singers' enthusiastic beliefs and faith. For example, Pastor Andrae Crouch puts it best when he says we would all melt if we ever directly heard the voice of God, so His words have to be conveyed through intermediaries. At the same time, I can attest one does not have to believe similarly to enjoy gospel music or anything else wonderful in this bountiful world, to disagree with Smokey Robinson.
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