Ornette: Made in America (1985)
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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
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Ms. Clarke's portrait is of an extraordinary artist and genuinely likable man.
Coleman's life and work are treated as a continuum, which Clarke pulls from at will.
A hazy but inviting glimpse of the great modern jazz musician and his world.
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.
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.
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.
Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance.
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