Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me

Director Olivia Lichtenstein
United Kingdom / 106 min. / 2018 / English


The rise, tragedy and perseverance of the incendiary sexual icon of soul of 1970s Philadelphia. A fateful accident brought the "Black Elvis" up against a tough battle with poverty, racism and the mafia.

 

From rehearsing on a corner in the ghetto to collecting platinum records and driving huge and exclusively female audiences, crazy. Pendergrass's intense and chaotic story was a series of obstacles (and death threats) that he navigated with determination, charisma, an ego comparable only to his sexual voracity, and a baritone voice with which he defined a whole genre - "Philly soul" - singing classics by the group Blue Notes like "If you don't know me by now" and "Don't leave me this way". The documentary crudely portrays the pop world of the seventies, the institutional racism, how cruel and mafioso show business can be, and the disruption that the open sexualisation of a black performer meant for the time. Guests like Questlove (The Roots), manager Shep Gordon (who we met in Supermensch), a long list of collaborators and lovers, as well as the legendary tandem of steamy hit-makers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, analyse both the complex personality and the musical relevance of a man who was destined to transcend the black public and take on the mainstream. Until his career was abruptly truncated (or not?) and surrounded by scandal.


27 OCT, 21:30: PRESENTATION BY THE DIRECTOR

 

Sunday 27th October - Warm up with Diego Armando 


Entradas BCN

Details
Subtitles
VOSE

Section
Excedlents


Showing format

Participation
in festivals
DOCNYC (2018), Philadelphia Film Festival (2018)

Leadings
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Producer
Ian Flooks, Olivia Lichtenstein, Piers Tempest

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Film distributor

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