I Called Him Morgan

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I Called Him Morgan doubles as a seductive tribute to its subject's jazz passion as well as an absorbing look at a fatally doomed relationship.



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On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin (My Name Is Albert Ayler) is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America with cinematography by Bradford Young (DOP, Selma).

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  • I Called Him Morgan is a first-rate documentary. It's also the perfect impetus to explore Morgan's catalogue.

    Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Collin's exceptional, atmospheric film avoids the hysteria and hyperbole of similar true crime documentaries to usher this delicate story in with a palpable sense of sorrow rather than a desire to retroactively point the finger of justice.

    Jul 28, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, Collin's film is one of forgiveness.

    Apr 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "I Called Him Morgan" works as a jazz documentary as well as a bizarre true crime tale about a mysterious crime of passion. All these years later, many questions remain.

    Apr 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Collin's approach to this incendiary material is both blatant and oblique - a bit like Lee's playing itself. Thankfully, we hear quite a bit of that playing in the film.

    Apr 14, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Morgan's relationship with Helen was so star-crossed and layered it's a mystery why the story hasn't yet been made into a biopic.

    Apr 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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