Black gospel music has been so much a vital backdrop in 20th century American culture that one might well feel like it's been around forever. In fact, it's a relatively recent phenomenon, only about 20 years older than the rock 'n' roll it would help inspire and not a note less passionate,
as demonstrated in this uplifting, heart- and soulfelt documentary.
Filmmaker George Nierenberg was fortunate to capture on film some of the venerable founders of gospel while they were still active. Professor Thomas Andrew Dorsey (1899-1993) and "Mother" Willie Mae Ford Smith (1904-1994) are shown arriving in St. Louis for a gospel-music convention. Between them,
Dorsey and ...