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Wattstax

Wattstax

1973 / 103min / DCP

DIRECTOR: MEL STUART

CAST: THE DRAMATICS, THE DRAMATICS, THE STAPLE SINGERS, THE STAPLE SINGERS, KIM WESTON, KIM WESTON

One of the all-time greatest performance films is also one of the greatest non-fiction films, too. Stax Records stages a super-concert of black music and pride at the Los Angeles Coliseum (intercut with a blazing Richard Pryor monologue), with speaker Jesse Jackson and Isaac Hayes, The Staples Singers, The Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas and Rufus Thomas, who invites the audience on the field to do the funky chicken, and then coaxes an umbrella-wielding holdout back into the stands with the help of the crowd.