Soul Power Reviews

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November 16, 2011
August 14, 2009
Soul Power turns out to be an unusually resonant time capsule, one that weaves together theatrics, musicianship, cosmopolitanism and sharp political critique in a vibrant look-back that's at once celebratory and wistful.
August 13, 2009
It's impossible not to be moved.
July 30, 2009
It packs the emotional and historical power of a heady 'family gathering' celebration of African and, to use the term then in fashion, Afro-American pride.
July 30, 2009
Soul Power is the indispensable companion film to Leon Gast's thrilling 1996 documentary When We Were Kings.
July 24, 2009
Watching the Godfather of Soul on the big outdoor stage, you think back to his appearance in The T.A.M.I. Show a decade earlier. And then you think: I feel good.
July 24, 2009
A dazzling chronicle of the African American music expo that was meant to accompany the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight title bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Congo).
July 24, 2009
A non-stop head-bobbing knee-bouncer.
July 17, 2009
As the record of a cultural event, Soul Power is a hit-and-miss affair.
July 16, 2009
Gluttons for these artists and for music festivals in general might wonder, as I have, whether there's any way the filmmakers might share more of the remaining 123 1/2 hours.
July 13, 2009
Passionate fans of the music will relish these archived images while regular moviegoers will be entertained, but not moved by what they see.
July 13, 2009
This has no contextual structure at all. It is essentially the archive footage slapped together.
July 10, 2009
Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte pads out the concert footage with not always stimulating backstage stuff, but the music makes it all worthwhile.
July 10, 2009
A vibrant and joyous new documentary.
July 10, 2009
Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte does a terrific job re-creating a landmark moment, with behind-the-scenes footage complementing triumphant performances.
July 10, 2009
This is musical history that deserves to be placed alongside the best of its era.
July 10, 2009
As a concert film it's unparalleled: a stunningly photographed, soul-stirring celebration.
July 10, 2009
The documentary gives us a tantalising taste of what appear to have been some incredible performances. Such is the quality of the footage and sound recording that you rather wish the film was longer.
July 10, 2009
Leon Gast's documentary When We Were Kings, about the 1974 Ali-Foreman fight in Zaire, now has a great companion piece.
July 10, 2009
Offers a vivid glimpse of a fascinating moment in musical history, racial politics and global pop culture.
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