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Standing in the Shadows of MotownAnyone who has ever been moved by a Motown song -- about 99 percent of the world's population, in other words -- is likely to find Standing in the...Standing in the Shadows of MotownDocumentaryPT108MPGAnyone who has ever been moved by a Motown song -- about 99 percent of the world's population, in other words -- is likely to find Standing in the...2003-04-11Artisan Entertainment
Standing in the Shadows of Motown

(Standing In The Shadows of Motown: Karen Sas)

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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Genre: Documentary; Director: Paul Justman; Author: Walter Dallas, Ntozake Shange; Release Date Limited: 11/15/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Artisan Entertainment

Anyone who has ever been moved by a Motown song – about 99 percent of the world’s population, in other words – is likely to find Standing in the Shadows of Motown, a loving look at the label’s underheralded studio musicians, illuminating. With several of the so-called Funk Brothers dead, and others nearing the twilight of their careers, ”Shadows” is a bittersweet vindication. Still, the primary mood here is celebratory: The abundant spirit of these men shines through in triumphant performances with such acolytes as Joan Osborne, Bootsy Collins, and Meshell Ndegeocello, and in their candid reminiscences of Motown back in the day.

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