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Ornette: Made in America

Ornette: Made in America (2012)

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88

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Few intersections are as potentially thrilling and explosive as the meeting of great artists from different disciplines. When Oscar (R)-winning filmmaker (and former dancer) Shirley Clarke trained her cameras and creativity on jazz great Ornette Coleman, the result was a documentary portrait like no other - kaleidoscopic, mesmerizing and well, cosmic. This meeting of extraordinary New York talents originated in Forth Worth in the early 1980s. Producer Kathelin Hoffman was preparing to open

Unrated,

Documentary

Milestone Pictures

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (2)

[A] fascinating, maddening, one-of-a-kind film.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Ms. Clarke's portrait is of an extraordinary artist and genuinely likable man.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Coleman's life and work are treated as a continuum, which Clarke pulls from at will.

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A funky tribute to the great saxophonist.

March 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A hazy but inviting glimpse of the great modern jazz musician and his world.

March 27, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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For the sight and sound of the man in action (including some fine archive footage from the early '70s), it's essential viewing for any jazz aficionado.

March 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's significant that Coleman tells Clarke's cameras that he thought of being an architect or 'brain specialist' before becoming a musician; as a jazz composer, instrumentalist and bandleader, he achieved all his goals.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Heeding Louis Armstrong's 'if you gotta ask you'll never know,' this film does not attempt the impossibility of explicating the difficult music, on which you groove or you don't.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance.

August 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Ornette: Made in America is a look at a groundbreaking artist by a groundbreaking artist.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Badass Digest
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Audience Reviews for Ornette: Made in America

With the subject of this documentary being the great improvisatory jazz musician Ornette Coleman, filmmaker Shirley Clarke took a suitably free associative approach that is framed by a symphony performance by Coleman in his old hometown of Fort Worth, Tx, completing the circle with his own son on drums. And in this city, past, present and future collide, starting with a wild west shootout demonstration on the street(at first, I was content to file this under only in Texas...or maybe Wyoming?), that allows Coleman to coexist with his younger selves(Demon Marshall & Eugene Tatum) who ran away from home in the slums across the train tracks and in the shadow of the glittering skyscrapers of downtown while the present day Coleman threatens to dematerialize at times.(Unlike many documentaries that could be considered fantasy, this is about the only one that could also be considered science fiction with 80's graphics that I am rather nostalgic about.) It is not only musicians like Charlie Parker that influenced him but also the theorist and futurist Buckminster Fuller who sounds like an interesting dude and of course William Burroughs who also does a reading in the present here. As for the future, Coleman demonstrates a then novel satellite hookup between Lower Manhattan and Harlem and also was currently working for NASA in order to communicate how happening a species human beings can be to any extraterrestrials out there.
September 14, 2012
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