The legendary "black Woodstock" film WATTSTAX, Mel Stuart's documentary of the epochal 1972 concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, features incendiary performances by Isaac Hayes, Albert King, Rufus and Carla Thomas, the Staple Singers, the Emotions, the Bar-Kays and other greats of soul, R&B and gospel, plus biting humor from a then-little-known Richard Pryor. But WATTSTAX is more than a concert film. It also captures a heady moment in mid-1970s, "black-is-beautiful" African-American culture, when Los Angeles' black community came together just seven years after the Watts riots to celebrate its survival and a renewed hope in its future. After suffering years of neglect due to rights issues, Stuart's landmark concert film can now be seen in its restored, remixed and rightful state, including the long-missing finale of Isaac Hayes performing "Theme from SHAFT" and "Soulsville." DIR/SCR/PROD Mel Stuart; PROD Larry Shaw. U.S., 1973, color, 103 min. RATED R
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