Hitsville: The Making of Motown
Celebrating the 60th anniversary, the remarkable story of the legendary Motown Records is told through behind-the-scenes footage unearthed from Motown’s vaults, rare performance footage and new and exclusive interviews with the label’s visionary founder, Berry Gordy and many of its superstar artists. The first documentary about the iconic studio made with Gordy’s participation, it’s the ultimate account of one of modern history’s greatest cultural phenomenon’s.
What the critics say…
“Hitsville tells us how Berry Gordy went from car-factory worker to creating Motown. Berry himself talks us through it, aided by his right- hand guy Smokey Robinson….along with the writing powerhouse trio Holland- Dozier-Holland, Stevie Wonder, Oprah, John Legend. These stories are excellent, yet pale into insignificance when compared with the music. From the opening wah pedal of Papa Was A Rolling Stone, they just keep coming, hit after hit – it’s as much a sing-a-long as a documentary” - Jamie East, The Sun
“(Gordon) Berry, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and many of the other key players lay out the story of his legendary record label in their own words alongside some incredible archival footage”… - Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman
“…enjoyable overview of the birth of America’s hit factory….fun stories from the early days…insight into how the stars’ images were cultivated…a great roster of talking heads, both participants (Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson) and fans (Dr. Dre, Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey. Van Morrison) plus spectacular material from the vaults; early auditions by The Jackson 5 and images of a tour of the segregated south are priceless….An entertaining look at a musical institution…..” - Ian Freer, Empire Magazine .