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Hitsville: The Making Of Motown (12A)

04 Oct
10 Oct 2019

Directed by

Benjamin Turner & Gabe Turner


This documentary follows the birth and early years of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The film tracks the unique system that Gordy assembled that enabled Motown to become the most successful record label of all time. The creation and initial success of Motown was achieved during a period of significant racial tensions in America and amid the burgeoning civil rights movement. The story is told through archive footage, behind the scenes, performances and interviews with original artists, fans and, for the first time with the participation of the founder Berry Gordy.

"The archive footage of artists – some barely out of high school – making music with expressions of pure joy on their faces gives you goosebumps" - The Guardian