How They Got Over
How They Got Over (2021)

How They Got Over tells the story of how Black gospel quartet music became a primary source of what would be known as rock and roll, and in the process helped to break down racial walls in mid-twentieth century America. Beginning in the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: October 29, 2021
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Ty Burr
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The film offers great history and greater music.

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Raquel Stecher
Quelle Movies

a time capsule gem

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Lisa Kennedy
New York Times

With a trove of archival performance footage, much of it from the television show TV Gospel Time, and the wisdom to let those images breathe, the film leans into the maxim about showing not telling.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

Let's give thanks that we have a chance to enjoy all the fabulous, and they are absolutely fabulous, historic film clips of the pioneers of commercial gospel music.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

[A] lively, no-frills documentary.

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