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  Montreal Mirror - Film : Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Montreal Mirror - Film : Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Based on the book of the same name, Standing in the Shadows of Motown is the passionate, elegiac tribute to the Funk Brothers, a group of musicians who played background music on two-thirds of the hits to come out of Motown’s Detroit era.
In a sad streak running throughout the film, it seems the Funk Brothers never really got the respect (nor the royalties, for that matter) they were due.
www.montrealmirror.com /ARCHIVES/2002/112102/film4.html   (344 words)

  
 Standing in the Shadows of Motown (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a 2002 documentary film about the story of The Funk Brothers, Motown Records' primary studio band from 1959 to 1972.
The film covers the career of this band with interviews with band alumni and dramatic recreations of specific episodes.
In addition, footage from a reunion concert in Detroit, Michigan with the surviving members of the band is included featuring several music performances of major Funk Brothers hits sung by major current RandB, pop, and soul musicians, including Gerald Levert, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Joan Osborne, Ben Harper, Bootsy Collins, Chaka Khan, and Montell Jordan.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Standing_in_the_Shadows_of_Motown_(film)   (210 words)

  
 Laramie Movie Scope: Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Berry Gordy, founder of Motown records (who hired the Funk Brothers), and the megahit songwriting trio of Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier are barely mentioned in the film.
Motown Music of the 60s and 70s was fl music, but it had great crossover appeal to white audiences, in much the same way jazz had crossed that line years before.
The interviews in the film aren't all about how the Funk Brothers were overlooked, and mourning the loss of those who have died.
www.lariat.org /AtTheMovies/new/standshadows.html   (869 words)

  
 DVD Times - Standing In The Shadows Of Motown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The interesting thing about Standing In The Shadows Of Motown is that it's packed full of incidents that should be myth and legend but are all true, and until now, largely unkown.
The film takes as it's framework the entire history of Motown; from its roots as a reaction to Evis brand of white rock 'n' roll, right up until its ignoble death among the vapid dream factory of Hollywood and the dead desert wasteland of Los Angeles.
It's a turbulant time on American history, and one of the strengths of the film is in the way in which it deals with the bigger issues, such as race riots and the Vietnam war.
www.dvdtimes.co.uk /content.php?contentid=6526   (1514 words)

  
 Standing in the Shadows of Motown - Buninyong Film Festival   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Standing In The Shadows Of Motown is the story of these remarkable musicians whose talents have gone unrecognised for over 30 years.
Motown, the record label founded in 1958 which spawned some of the great music of the sixties and seventies and which created the sound for such names as the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder was founded on the backbeat talents of a group of musicians known as the Funk Brothers.
Standing in the Shadows of Motown acknowledges their contribution to the sound of Motown and recalls the people and the times of the company's heyday.
home.vicnet.net.au /~filmfest/archives/2003/motown.htm   (1098 words)

  
 DVDork.com - Standing in the Shadows of Motown Review
Motown is actually the name of a record label which all of these people worked under.
Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a documentary which interviews the still-living members of the Funk Brothers, along with some modern-day musical artists who all share their love for the music and their memories of glory days gone past them.
Motown is a good introduction to these people and their music, but if you’re looking for something with more substance you may find that it comes up short.
www.dvdork.com /publish/cmg_shmotown.shtml   (1337 words)

  
 MISFITS - Tim Wick - Standing in the Shadows of Motown Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
When Standing in the Shadows of Motown focuses on them and their story, it is an interesting film.
Sadly, much of the film is devoted to a concert that featured the Funk Brothers - together for the first time in 20 years - performing their music with modern singers.
Standing in the Shadows of Motown certainly did enlighten but I think it never completely managed to educate.
www.misfit.org /views/2002/12/twickmotown.htm   (763 words)

  
 Standing in the Shadows of Motown
The film is entitled Standing in the Shadows of Motown because that's where these men laboured for years.
Shadows cast by giants including The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and all the other singers whose hits were built on the solid foundation provided by these gentlemen.
Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a remarkable film.
www.greenmanreview.com /film/film_shadowsofmotown.html   (738 words)

  
 Film Review: Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
When the idea for Motown Records was a glimmer in the recesses of Gordy's imagination, he collected a group of jazz men together and brought them to his house in Detroit and led them into the cellar, which had crude recording equipment and an earth floor - only the piano stood on planks.
Justman's film not only recreates the songs with modern singers, such as Joan Osborne, Ben Harper and Meshell Ndegeocello, which are beautiful renditions, backed by the surviving Funk Brothers, all remarkably fit and able in their sixties and seventies, but allows the story to come through in conversation and reminiscence.
The film's finale covers the opening of a commemorative concert in Detroit, when The Funk Brothers take their places on stage, carrying blown up cut-out photographs of Jamerson and Benjamin and the others who "are here in spirit.".
www.iofilm.co.uk /fm/s/standing_in_the_shadows_of_motown_2002.shtml   (702 words)

  
 Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002): Reviews
The film's energy is primarily due to the rich storytelling skills of the musicians, who trot out anecdotes and memories filled with humor and wry philosophizing.
The Motown musicians today are in their 60s and 70s but they remain inspiringly colourful, funny in their stories and assured in their musicianship.
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.
www.metacritic.com /video/titles/standingintheshadowsofmotown   (1310 words)

  
 Standing In The Shadows Of Motown: triple j film reviews
Standing In The Shadows of Motown is one such music film and like the hugely successful feature length music documentary Buena Vista Social Club before it, Standing In The Shadows of Motown heralds a band of unsung heroes in popular music.
Standing In The Shadows of Motown might not be the definitive Motown documentary, but it isn't a bad start.
What a waste of time this film is! This movie is a giant boring cliche: unimaginative character designs (Grey=Ben Affleck, General Hein is a practically a composite of every villain from the last fifty years), bloodless action scenes ripped wholesale from the superior Aliens and Starship Troopers and ludicrous dialogue.
www.abc.net.au /triplej/review/film/s768783.htm   (5911 words)

  
 Standing in the Shadows of Motown Movie Review at Hollywood Video
Paul Justman's Standing in the Shadows of Motown emphatically redresses that inequity.
Early in the documentary, keyboard player Joe Hunter paraphrases Shakespeare, "To be or not to be, it has been." The eight surviving Funk Brothers (two have since died) recall what "has been" via interviews remarkably free of rancor for men who toiled in virtual anonymity, never properly credited for their work.
Justman films the musicians alone and together, tracing over their old Detroit stomping grounds, and interacting with the singers recruited to play their reunion concert, including Joan Osborne and Me'Shell NdegeOcello.
www.hollywoodvideo.com /movies/movie.aspx?MID=136568   (1798 words)

  
 Funk Brothers - Standing In The Shadows Of Motown - Classic Motown
Standing In The Shadows Of Motown (Hip-O/Motown), released September 24, 2002, is the soundtrack album to the feature documentary of the same name to be released November 15 by Artisan Entertainment, the company which brought to the public the acclaimed Buena Vista Social Club.
The film, which includes new interviews and rare archival footage, was inspired by Allan Slutsky's award-winning 1989 book Standing In The Shadows Of Motown: The Life And Music Of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson.
With Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, The Funk Brothers finally step into the spotlight.
classic.motown.com /product.aspx?ob=disc&src=art&pid=687   (382 words)

  
 Standing in the Shadows of Motown
New Documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" To Be Previewed at Library of Congress December 14
"Standing in the Shadows of Motown" was shot entirely on location in Detroit from December 2000 through January 2001.
With the tumultuous '60s as a backdrop, Motown's unsung heroes take the viewer on a compelling journey in time as they trace the evolution of "The Motown Sound" from its origins in Detroit to its demise in Los Angeles during the '70s.
www.loc.gov /today/pr/2001/01-156.html   (436 words)

  
 Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
After many years of pitching the film to numerous studios, The Funk Brothers were reunited 41 years after their inception for a reunion gig, which was filmed as part of this documentary.
Regardless of any shortcomings this film may have, it stands as a proud testament to a group of outstanding musicians who defined the sound of the late 60s and 70s with their amazing innovation and talent.
Shadow detail is remarkably good during the live performance scenes that were shot on film - from the big stage to the dark corners of a smoky cafe, band members and equipment can be seen all the way to the back of the dimly lit stage.
www.michaeldvd.com.au /Reviews/Reviews.asp?ReviewID=3752&SID=2&PID=224492   (2440 words)

  
 Standing In The Shadows Of Motown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
No opportunity is missed to bring this point home: the Motown sound is a powerful and enduring one – and those responsible for it have gone unsung.
According to this film, the one common factor in all of Motown’s hits was not the artist, not the songwriter, not even Motown’s daddy, Berry Gordy, but the musicians.
It is The Funk Brothers that are the common factor, and the backbone of Motown.
www.highangle.co.uk /reviews/standing.html   (516 words)

  
 EI > DVD > Standing In The Shadows of Motown (2002)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Early in the documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," filmmaker Paul Justman asks a variety of people in a music store if they are familiar with the Motown sound.
The point of this great film is to have the men who laid down the tracks step to the forefront.
The filmed concert scenes are crisper than the rest of the film.
www.einsiders.com /reviews/dvd/standingintheshadowsofmotown.php   (832 words)

  
 Preview: Standing in the Shadows of Motown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Standing in the Shadows of Motown combines interviews, archival footage, re-enactments and reminiscences to re-create the era when the Funk Brothers, at first unbeknownst to them, were creating history.
The film features new performances by the surviving members of the Funk Brothers playing the old tunes with vocal performances by such contemporary stars as Joan Osborne, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Chaka Khan and Bootsy Collins.
But perhaps the most poignant moment in the movie occurs when the band members reunite in the Motown recording studio known as "The Snakepit" because of the fierce competition between the writers, arrangers and artists vying to record there.
www.tribute.ca /Tribute/1102/standing_in_the_shadows.htm   (475 words)

  
 Temptations / Standing in the Shadows of Motown Movie: Temptations / Standing in the Shadows of Motown DVD is available ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
A double bill of Motown oriented films, one is a documentary, the other a dramatic re-telling.
STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN: Paul Justman's inspiring documentary pays tribute to one of the most influential, yet unrecognized, collection of musicians that has ever been assembled.
AKA: Standing in the Shadows of Motown / The Temptations
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 Standing In The Shadows Of Motown - Movie Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
If the answer to this question is remotely interesting to you, run, don't walk, to see Standing in the Shadows of Motown, the documentary reintroducing the not-quite-famous Funk Brothers to the world after decades of obscurity.
Near the beginning of the film, filmmaker Paul Justman drops into a record store and randomly asks if the shoppers like Motown music, then asking, "Well did you ever stop to think about who was playing in the band with those guys!?" His tone is palpably vitriolic and, honestly, whiney.
Ironic then that a large chunk of Standing in the Shadows of Motown is consumed by what appears to be a small, manufactured reunion concert, wherein the remaining Funk Brothers play their old hits while contemporary artists sing the words.
www.contactmusic.com /new/film.nsf/reviews/standingintheshadowsofmotown   (532 words)

  
 Orlando Weekly - Film Review - Standing in the Shadows of Motown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The film (based on producer Allan Slutsky's 1989 book of the same name) was shot during a 2000 reclamation that brought the surviving Funk Brothers back to Detroit for a series of celebratory performances and tours of the old neighborhood.
Gathered again at the Hitsville, U.S.A., recording studios -- the fabled subterranean "snake pit" where all the Motown classics were committed to tape -- the Brothers explain what a professional yet passion-drenched process their work was, and how it was influenced by the social change going on around them.
The film has just enough of everything -- re-enactments, archival footage, talking-head interviews -- and the music is simply sublime.
www.orlandoweekly.com /film/review.asp?rid=4368   (386 words)

  
 Blogcritics.org: Out from the Shadows of Motown
One of the (many) cliches about Motown is that Berry Gordy based his hit machine on the assembly lines of Detroit.
It's like, you're married to a woman for 30 years, and then all of a sudden at the breakfast one day, she says, by the way honey, I never told you, but before I got married, I was a neurosurgeon.
Aside from the Motown hits, he'd hear hits from other producers, other record companies, and they were using his bass lines, and his ideas.
blogcritics.org /archives/2003/05/21/133806.php   (3484 words)

  
 MMI Movie Review: Standing in the Shadows of Motown
U.S. "Standing In The Shadows of Motown" is less a documentary than an appreciation.
And this is the oversight the film corrects, wrapping it up in a big red bow and lovingly handing it back to the unheralded musicians of Motown's golden age.
At times it seems the film is going to let us in on the secret of how the Motown sound was created.
www.shoestring.org /mmi_revs/standinginthesh-cm-97625603.html   (573 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Standing In The Shadows of Motown: DVD: Richard 'Pistol' Allen,Jack Ashford,Bob Babbitt (II),Benny 'Papa ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Standing in the Shadows of Motown / The Temptations
Standing in the Shadows of Motown : The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson by James Jamerson
This film is to celebrate the brothers' contribution to American pop music and to finally validate their hard work, creativity, and how they influenced generations of future musicians.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008J2HC?v=glance   (1891 words)

  
 STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN (PG ) Film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Forty-one years after they played their first note an a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story in STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN.
Fourteen years in the making, this film is based upon a book of the same title that won the 1989 Rolling Stone / BMl "Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award", STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN was shot entirely in film, on location in Detroit throughout December of 2000 and January of 2001.
With the tumultuous sixties as a backdrop, Motown's unsung heroes take the viewer on a compelling journey in time as they trace the evolution of The Motown Sound" from its origins in Detroit to its demise in Los Angeles during the seventies.
www.hilopalace.com /data/1044049129.html   (430 words)

  
 Standing in the Shadows of Motown
The Funk Brothers, as they were known, were the Motown Records house band, and played on many of the songs that people think about when they think of the 1960s.
The new film Standing in the Shadows of Motown claims that the Funk Brothers played on more #1 hits and the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and Elvis Presley combined.
They also take the time to describe how some of Motown's songs came about, and the combination of them playing and explaining the development is something to watch.
www.haro-online.com /movies/standing_in_the_shadows.html   (391 words)

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