Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Genre: Documentary; Director: Paul Justman; Author: Walter Dallas, Ntozake Shange; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Artisan Entertainment

A joyful documentary celebration of the Funk Brothers, the dozen or so anonymous session musicians who played the instruments on nearly every single Motown song. The movie, a revelatory aural journey, gets you to hear something you’ve always known without realizing it: that the magic of the Motown sound was, quite literally, its sound.

Originally posted November 29 2002 — 12:00 AM EST

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