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With Toronto screening, 'Amazing Grace' comes to the end of a long road

With Toronto screening, 'Amazing Grace' comes to the end of a long road

About seven years ago, the former record producer Alan Elliott received a call from Sydney Pollack. The director was very ill, and he had a request of Elliott, who had done some early work with Pollack on the filmmaker's unfinished 1972 Aretha Franklin concert movie at Warner Bros. "Sydney wanted me to finish the film after he died," recalled Elliott, who now teaches at UCLA. "It had been this mythical thing when I worked at Atlantic Records, and I had always been curious about it. It turned out to be an amazing document, and Sydney wanted me to see it through." The road from there would hardly be smooth: The film faced a legal challenge from Franklin, skepticism...

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