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Brown is narrating his own life story, as
if from the grave. In [the Paris
sequence], he is watching himself
onstage and commenting." Goldblatt
notes that the Steadicam follows Brown
as he enters the theater and walks onto
the stage from the side, with the concert
already in full swing; the musicians are
playing, Brown (played by a double) is
singing into the microphone and the
crowd is going crazy.
Camera operator Arnot picks up
the description from there: "Chad walks
straight across the stage from left to
right, but his head is turned sideways so
he can talk directly into the camera,
which is [moving parallel to] him as he
walks. The band is arranged with the
drummer in the back, other musicians
and backup singers in front of the
drummer, the [ James Brown] double at
the microphone at the front of the stage
with his back to the camera, and the
audience beyond. Chad passes just in
front of the musicians. I was on the
Steadicam keeping pace with him, but
walking between the drummer and the
other musicians, so the musicians and
chorus girls are soft in the foreground
while Chad is in sharp focus." The
double in the background was also out
of focus.
Arnot explains that a twist at the
end of the shot made the Steadicam
necessary. "We held Brown's double at
the microphone [with his back to the
camera] for two-thirds of the shot. By
the end of Chad's monologue, the
camera had moved past the double, and
then Chad suddenly sprints to the front
of the stage - where the double had
been - and starts singing into the
microphone. I did a 10- or 15-foot jog
behind him and ended up over his
shoulder as he sings to the crowd."
Another large production
number, the 1962 Apollo Theater
concert, was staged in a school auditorium in Natchez. "The proscenium had
just enough detail similar to the Apollo's
that we could branch off from there,"
recounts production designer Mark
Ricker. "Using architectural details from
the real Apollo, we built out from the

The production
re-created
Brown's 1971
Paris concert
inside the
municipal
auditorium in
Jackson, Miss.

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