Aretha Franklin Blocks Film From Being Screened At Festival

(The Blues) Aretha Franklin has succeeded in her bid to have a movie from being screened amid a rights battle. She launched action against the producers of Amazing Grace, which includes footage from a 1972 performance in the documentary.

It tells the story of how her album of the same name was recorded in a Los Angeles church, and features concert scenes shot by Sydney Pollack. She previously acted to prevent producer Alan Elliott from screening it in 2011.

Franklin's representatives said on Friday that the performance material "was taken with the express understanding that it would not be used commercially without agreement" - and that she hadn't given her approval.

The documentary was scheduled to be shown at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend - but a court ruled in her favor and forbade three screenings. Read more here.

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