Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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Released 2002

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Director:
Paul Justman
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG
Detroit, Michigan, 1959. Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from the city's thriving jazz and blues scene for his new record company: Motown. They called themselves the Funk Brothers, and they were the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. This is their story.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    So good because it is one of those rare documentaries that combine information with smashing entertainment.

  • 70

    Variety

    The film works on both a human-interest level -- focusing on the travails of the band members now finally receiving their well-earned due -- and as a slice of Motown's early history.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    A blast into the past, but as with many nostalgic trips it's also shrouded in mist. The awkward, almost embarrassed way in which director Paul Justman, as well as writers Walter Da...

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Arts, Documentary, Drama, Music

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Pop Culture, Live Performances, Historical