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(176) 8.0 104 min 2018

Russ Taff: I Still Believe is a movie starring Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, and Mark Lowry. "Russ Taff: I Still Believe," a gripping documentary chronicling the beloved vocalist's unparalleled musical journey and...

Starring
Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Lowry, Bart Millard, Amy Grant
Genres
Documentary
Director
Rick Altizer

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Documentary
Director Rick Altizer
Writer Rick Altizer
Stars Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Lowry, Bart Millard, Amy Grant
Country USA
Runtime 1H 44M
Description "Russ Taff: I Still Believe," a gripping documentary chronicling the beloved vocalist's unparalleled musical journey and behind-the-scenes battle with alcoholism.

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Thursday, 09 Jul 2020 03:00

The typical "hi, this is a documentary and so on and so on and so on" for the most part but this documentary is still worth watching as the real life story of the "Taff case" and its impact on America. Taff was the only child of a Jewish immigrant father, but at the same time, he was a black girl. Being a child of a black father, he had little education and his father was unable to provide for him. In the year 1857, Taff was beaten and abused by the father. As a result of this incident, Taff's mother sent her child to a boarding school in Florida. Taff was 19 years old and in the summer of 1858, he boarded with William (Duke) Teasdale (who was a teacher at that school) and his two sons (one of whom was white). A few years later, William and Duke sold their farm and moved to Arkansas. William married Elizabeth (Lily) in 1866 and had three children by her (one was white and one black). William and Duke's second wife, Martha (Holland), died in 1881, leaving their three children, one of whom was white and the other three were black. Despite the deaths of his two wives, William and Duke continued to live with their grandchildren and grandchildren until 1996, when the grandchildren, Peter and Lucinda, adopted the boy, Richard, from the Dukes and adopted him. Richard is now 32 years old and a college student in Texas. Richard's biological mother, Brenda (Sidney) grew up in England and died in 1885, but not before giving birth to four daughters (two of whom were white and the other black). Her children were Patricia (Sally), Annabel (Annie), Catherine (Dorene) and Elizabeth (Ethel). Catherine was the sister of an American serviceman and was also an English nurse. Richard's great-grandmother is Annabel; in 1891, Annabel gave birth to Richard's great-grandfather, Charles (Louis) Teasdale, who married Annabel's mother, Nancy (Nataly). Elizabeth is married to Richard, the youngest of the Teasdale children. Annabel is living in a nursing home and no longer has any children; Nancy died in 1948, and Dorene died in 1960. The oldest daughter, Ethel, lives in California and is living a simple life. The youngest son, Richard, is a college student and studying to become a pastor in Memphis, Tennessee. The documentary is beautifully shot and researched. I give it a 9/10.
Friday, 26 Jun 2020 13:31

Movies are just a means to a certain end and Taff proves that his filmmaking doesn't fail to be entertaining and eye-candy worthy. The movie contains 3 distinct segments, the first consisting of footage from one of Taff's films that introduces the viewer to the director and the viewer. The second segment is an interview with Taff himself, who talks about the films he's been a part of. The third segment is a film-making lesson from Taff that teaches us what works and what doesn't. What I really like about Taff's documentaries is that they're light-hearted and light-hearted, almost as if they're meant to be enjoyed. They're also quite personal, so a viewer may get more out of the filmmaker's interviews than if they were just hearing a tepid history lesson. In Taff's case, the purpose of the movie is to give an insight into the man who created some of the most important films of the modern film era. To me, a lot of people, particularly those who've never seen a Taff film, will probably find the first segment boring, so I would recommend that those who haven't seen Taff's films to watch this. I was also impressed by Taff's ability to make documentaries for just about anyone. The majority of the people he interviewed had nothing to do with Taff, but they were of course fascinated by his works and it showed. The next segment is his own film and it's a little more poignant than the others. The film consists of scenes that are his own work, including his films, and they're in chronological order. The way this segment was presented makes it feel a little like a documentary. Overall, it was a very entertaining documentary that I thought was more than worthy of being placed next to "Bicentennial Man" and "The Brothers McMullen".


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