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Released 1973
Distributor Columbia Pictures

To commemorate the 7th anniversary of the Watts riots, Stax Records produced a soulful extravaganza bringing together many of their own acts including The Staple Singers, Albert King, and Issac Hayes as the headliner. Mel Stuart directed the film of the day-long event with Richard Pryor serving as the unofficial host. Three soundtrack albums were eventually released culminating in a three disc mega-set Wattstax: Music from the Festival and Film.

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About Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles' 1942 documentary It's All True some 50 years later. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000, co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, and has written, produced and directed several short films featuring the faux-1930s comedy team of Biffle and Shooster. No power on Earth will ever convince him that It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is not the Greatest. Movie. Ever.

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