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Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
  • 2002
  • US
  • 108 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Paul Justman
  • Written by: Walter Dallas,, Ntozake Shange,, Alan Slutsky

'Standing in the Shadows of Motown' is hardly the definitive movie about Detroit's musical gift to the world (that film is still to be made) but for the moment Paul Justman's half-concert half-memory lane stroll is going to have to do. With subject matter like this you can hardly go wrong. The Funk Brothers were Motown's in-house band, handpicked by Berry Gordy. They hardly saw the light of day between takes but between them they played on more number one hits than anyone else ever. The format here is simple: the likeable old boys sit around chatting about those cold blooded old times, there are a few funny stories, a bit of period recreation and a slightly cheesy, over empathetic voiceover from Andre Braugher. And we see the gang back on stage, today, with younger(ish) artists, some who cut the mustard (Chaka Khan, Bootsy Collins) and some that cannot (Ben Harper). The soundtrack is gonna be a peach.

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