Thursday, July 30, 2009

Soul Power in 1.5 Hours

The new documentary “Soul Power” opened to high praise in New York and Los Angeles and arrives in Stamford on Friday, July 31st at the Landmark 9 theater (5 Landmark Square). The film is a massive editorial project, cutting 125 hours of footage from the concert accompanying the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle down to a mere 93 minutes. Rumble in the Jungle, of course, was the Muhammad Ali v. George Foreman fight held in Zaire and profiled in the movie, “When We Were Kings.” That film made reference to the concert, but “Soul Power” digs a little deeper, featuring performances by legends like BB King, James Brown and Celia Cruz. Critics have been massively kind, giving it a Rotten Tomatoes score of 86%, and the website is filled with film festival palm leaves. If you go, let me know if you agree.

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