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Hitsville: The Making Of Motown

More firmer dates and details have been released by Showtime on their upcoming documentary film Hitsville: The Making Of Motown, with the first TV broadcast scheduled for 24 August 2019

Hitsville: The Making Of Motown is the Showtime documentary film that looks at Motown during the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

Directed by British directors brothers Benjamin and  Gabe Turner this feature-length film is being billed as the definite article. The film includes previously unseen footage from the label archives and Berrys Gordy's personal collection. Universal Music Group involvement means that the films makers have had access to the label's vast catalog of songs by the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and others.

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Release Dates

USA Dates

23 August 2019 - Detroit premiere more info via Detroit Free Press

24 August 2019 - Showtime TV broadcast more info via Showtime

UK Dates

In UK and Irish Cinemas September 30 - For One Night -  Further details to follow 

 

HITSVILLE: THE MAKING OF MOTOWN
Rated TV14 • 113 minutes

Documentary film that focuses on the period beginning with the birth 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.

 


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"In UK and Irish Cinemas September 30 - For One Night -  Further details to follow "

Got the date in my diary - thanks for posting this!

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Awesome 

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Looks essential viewing ....

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11 hours ago, seano said:

"In UK and Irish Cinemas September 30 - For One Night -  Further details to follow "

Got the date in my diary - thanks for posting this!

A Monday, do they not know some of us work away 😕 

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Looking forward to watching this documentary film,it will be very interesting

and full of fantastic information.

 

Many thanks

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Never heard a more stupid reply I worked away for quite a lot of years but never missed coronation st and that was on a Monday 7:30 then bed 

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1 hour ago, monny1916 said:

Never heard a more stupid reply I worked away for quite a lot of years but never missed coronation st and that was on a Monday 7:30 then bed 

Take it that was re my reply?  I work away in a wagon, I can't get to a cinema on a Monday.  Not sure what Coronation Street has to do with going to the pictures but I can get that in the wagon off I put a TV in but I have better things to do than watch brainless shite like that.  

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21 hours ago, Chalky said:

Take it that was re my reply?  I work away in a wagon, I can't get to a cinema on a Monday.  Not sure what Coronation Street has to do with going to the pictures but I can get that in the wagon off I put a TV in but I have better things to do than watch brainless shite like that.  

Never heard a more stupid reply I worked away for quite a lot of years but never missed coronation st and that was on a Monday 7:30 then bed 

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Is that a wagon that is surrounded by indians with bows and arrows and no antenna and only fails on a Monday sorry only having the craic the reference to Coro st was when i got home on Sunday evening after a massive train journey back from Wigan then work on Monday as an apprentice carpenter 8:00 was cut off point sorry again if I affended 

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4 hours ago, monny1916 said:

Is that a wagon that is surrounded by indians with bows and arrows and no antenna and only fails on a Monday sorry only having the craic the reference to Coro st was when i got home on Sunday evening after a massive train journey back from Wigan then work on Monday as an apprentice carpenter 8:00 was cut off point sorry again if I affended 

No offence taken but like I said I can’t get to the cinema in the week, I guess many more can’t, those with kids etc. I never know where I am going to end up at the end of each day. 

Given the short cinema release it is either up for streaming or dvd. Also if you want awards you have to have the film shown in a cinema. 

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Did I read that Coronation St is considered "brainless shite" !

Let me tell that yahoo with a yorkie that Kyran Bowes who plays Jack Webster is considered the finest thespian of his generation. Who else would have his leg amputated in pursuit of his art.

He is soon to appear in the remake of "Mutiny on the Bounty" where he will play third plank from the right on the poop deck.

Mike will let anyone on here nowadays.

 

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Any idea how accurate this latest documentary is. I visited the Motown museum a couple of times and there was several people from back in the day including some of the Andantes and a producer, I forget who's name, but when I asked why there was not a single picture nor mention of Raynoma Singleton they all clammed up and looked at me like I had two heads. The Gerald Posner Motown book endorsed by Gordy was pretty much the same. It's like she has been written out of Motown history all together, however the Berry Me And Motown book by Raynoma tells a totally different story..It will be interesting to see which version we get.

 

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7 hours ago, Modernsoulsucks said:

Did I read that Coronation St is considered "brainless shite" !

Let me tell that yahoo with a yorkie that Kyran Bowes who plays Jack Webster is considered the finest thespian of his generation. Who else would have his leg amputated in pursuit of his art.

He is soon to appear in the remake of "Mutiny on the Bounty" where he will play third plank from the right on the poop deck.

Mike will let anyone on here nowadays.

 

😂😂

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On 11/08/2019 at 22:11, Rick Smith said:

Any idea how accurate this latest documentary is. I visited the Motown museum a couple of times and there was several people from back in the day including some of the Andantes and a producer, I forget who's name, but when I asked why there was not a single picture nor mention of Raynoma Singleton they all clammed up and looked at me like I had two heads. The Gerald Posner Motown book endorsed by Gordy was pretty much the same. It's like she has been written out of Motown history all together, however the Berry Me And Motown book by Raynoma tells a totally different story..It will be interesting to see which version we get.

 

Berry Gordy had some real issues with Raynoma and Eddie,I've heard that he was behind the lack of sales of the shrine releases.Andy Rix would be the person who would know all this. Chris. 

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1 hour ago, Wheelsville1 said:

Berry Gordy had some real issues with Raynoma and Eddie,I've heard that he was behind the lack of sales of the shrine releases.Andy Rix would be the person who would know all this. Chris. 

She booted one of the Motown hits, spent a night in the nick I think. Shrine’s stock was lost when the warehouse storing them burnt down in the riots. 

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On 11/08/2019 at 22:11, Rick Smith said:

Any idea how accurate this latest documentary is. I visited the Motown museum a couple of times and there was several people from back in the day including some of the Andantes and a producer, I forget who's name, but when I asked why there was not a single picture nor mention of Raynoma Singleton they all clammed up and looked at me like I had two heads. The Gerald Posner Motown book endorsed by Gordy was pretty much the same. It's like she has been written out of Motown history all together, however the Berry Me And Motown book by Raynoma tells a totally different story..It will be interesting to see which version we get.

 

I would imagine it is accurate but heavily sanitised with all the nasty stuff removed about how they ripped off artists just like the majors, it will no doubt pai t Berry and Motown as the good guys.   Will be interesting like you say to see the end result.  Doubt we will ever get the full story because of lawyers and the threat of a law suit. 

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13 minutes ago, Chalky said:

She booted one of the Motown hits, spent a night in the nick I think. Shrine’s stock was lost when the warehouse storing them burnt down in the riots. 

She booted Mary Wells My Guy whilst running the New York offices,due to lack of funding from motown.Yes the stock of shrine were destroyed at Maxi Waxes,however I'm sure I read that Berry Gordy was behind the demise of sales of the shrine released. Chris. 

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2 hours ago, Wheelsville1 said:

Berry Gordy had some real issues with Raynoma and Eddie,I've heard that he was behind the lack of sales of the shrine releases.Andy Rix would be the person who would know all this. Chris. 

Rixy boy did an interview with Eddie Single(tary) and it was transcribed (to what extent I don't know) in Shade of Soul issue 17.

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Cheers for the heads up on this., it was featured on last nights One Show , with Mary Wilson on the couch. They couldn't shut her up ,Id swear she was on Speed. She went to some lengths to  present peace n harmony between her and Ms Ross , and made some crass comment comparing a rare Supremes dress to a grandchild . Still Im a sucker for this sort of film bio and  hope the likes of Edwin Starr , Junior Walker , get a look in . 

Cool Notes 

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Bet the Isley Brothers don't get a single mention.

 

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On 22/08/2019 at 15:44, Tobytyke said:

Bet the Isley Brothers don't get a single mention.

 

it's not bad just very 'sanitised'. .

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I thought it was great ,all things considered ,some great footage and particularly the interviews with Holland - Dozier - Holland and Norman Whitfield .Great chemistry between Berry and Smokey as you would expect .Highly recommended .

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Did anyone go to see it? Any good?

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Great film.

We often take motown for granted.  We often only talk about the bad things the label did, ripped its artists off, the treatment of its stars etc. We often ignore the fact that it took black music to the masses.  

So it was refreshing to sit down and watch Hitsviille: The Making Of Motown for about two hours and celebrate the label.  Berry Gordy and Smokey took us through the life of the label, you could see the love and friendship they both had for each other as they told us how it happened right from the beginning. 

 

It was great to see many of those behind the scenes give us their take and get the credit they deserve.  The live footage on stage and in the studio fabulous to see.

Of course many didn’t get a mention but you can only do so much and talk about so much in two hours.  
 

it won’t please everyone that some didn’t get a mention or the way some artists were treated wasn’t mentioned but I guess celebrating 60 years and the hiys they made isn’t the right time. 

I would love to see a warts an all series covering everything but somehow I doubt that will happen now, especially with Berry now retired. 
 

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9 minutes ago, Chalky said:

Great film.

We often take motown for granted.  We often only talk about the bad things the label did, ripped its artists off, the treatment of its stars etc. We often ignore the fact that it took black music to the masses.  

So it was refreshing to sit down and watch Hitsviille: The Making Of Motown for about two hours and celebrate the label.  Berry Gordy and Smokey took us through the life of the label, you could see the love and friendship they both had for each other as they told us how it happened right from the beginning. 

 

It was great to see many of those behind the scenes give us their take and get the credit they deserve.  The live footage on stage and in the studio fabulous to see.

Of course many didn’t get a mention but you can only do so much and talk about so much in two hours.  
 

it won’t please everyone that some didn’t get a mention or the way some artists were treated wasn’t mentioned but I guess celebrating 60 years and the hiys they made isn’t the right time. 

I would love to see a warts an all series covering everything but somehow I doubt that will happen now, especially with Berry now retired. 
 

Karl. I was unfortunately on holiday when it was shown . I've heard that it was brilliant.  Definitely going to get myself a copy of the DVD.  Trust you are well and safe mate.  See you at grumpy soul. 

Steve 

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Did you watch it on Monday 👍👍👍

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Ι watched it last week, I really enjoyed it 

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Just now, Winsford Soul said:

Karl. I was unfortunately on holiday when it was shown . I've heard that it was brilliant.  Definitely going to get myself a copy of the DVD.  Trust you are well and safe mate.  See you at grumpy soul. 

Steve 

Hi mate

I enjoyed it pal, excellent couple of hours.

all good here likewise I trust.  Not sure about Grumpy, weekend to work. Lancaster  couple o weeks later though. 

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2 minutes ago, Chalky said:

Hi mate

I enjoyed it pal, excellent couple of hours.

all good here likewise I trust.  Not sure about Grumpy, weekend to work. Lancaster  couple o weeks later though. 

All good mate thank you very much.  Yeah definitely playing out at Lancaster. Sounds like I missed a good film.  

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A few cinemas are repeating it, well two in Birmingham are next week. So check your local independent cinemas there may still be an opportunity to see it on the big screen.

Well worth watching, it was obviously an authorised film so was never going to show anyone in a bad light but on the other hand an unauthorised one is never going to get such close access to people like Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson. Personally I would have liked to have seen more of the performances especially the Miracles and Stevie Wonder ones which are either not on Youtube or are in terribly quality. Maybe they'll be on the DVD?

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Totally agree with the Tims synopsis, but still enjoyed the film, nonetheless, watched it in Cheltenham on Monday evening and went home happy irrespective that the Motown story was I suppose " a brief overview, rather than a deserved Epic so to speak"

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On 09/08/2019 at 22:20, Chalky said:

A Monday, do they not know some of us work away 😕 

It's gonna be available on NETFLIX. The DVD is already listed on Amazon.co.uk will be available later this month.

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While we're all losing our s**t over a 2hr Motown documentary over in the States famous US documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has being doing lots of press conferences to promote his multi part series on the history of COUNTRY MUSIC... need I say more?

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Saw the film on Sunday at the Curzon, Bloomsbury - apparently the only theatre  screening documentaries only, and a string of other music movies on the way. It was really well put together featuring Berry Gordy himself, so the story was totally authentic in contrast to some of the stuff in the books. In essence, it was a Gordy bio-pic with best mate, Smokey adding to the reminiscences. Most of the early artists got a mention but there were glaring omissions. The soundtrack was excellent but somewhat narrow given the scope and length of the film. Had the film been only about the Detroit years, a Part 2 covering the Los Angeles era could have been an opportunity for a follow-up; I would have liked more of the Detroit story. All in all, a really good movie for soul music fans and definitely one not to be missed.

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I saw someone mention Netflix,  anybody know when it will be available. 

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I managed to get the DVD from AmazonPrime for £10.99.  Watched it on Saturday night. Gotta say it was nicely filmed, stylish graphics. I found it really annoying to continually hear that phaser effect on the music sections throughout the film. The producers also chose to dub some of the original live vocals on a number of the film clips with the studio recording, depriving viewers the opportunity to see & hear our idols performing at the peak of their powers. I could do without the appearances by "current" artists & 5 minute wonders like Sam Smith- totally unnecessary, adds nothing to the film and will quickly date the documentary! At the end of the 2hrs I came away feeling disappointed. I expected a lot more from 120 minutes. The "wonderful friendship" between Gordy & Smokey was sold within the first 10 minutes, it didn't need to be reinforced for the remainder of the film. The "never before seen" footage was all too brief and there just wasn't enough of it to satisfy. Some glaring omissions- Barrett Strong's "Money" being just one. Diana Ross, Motown's biggest star- nothing of her solo super stardom. The documentary was good. Did I learn anything new? Maybe a couple of things but no ground breaking revelations.

It felt more like the opening episode, a preview for an indepth multi part TV documentary series similar to those amazing Ken Burns classics. 

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