Sun Ra - The Cry of Jazz (1959)





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Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Sun Ra - The Cry of Jazz

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

It took new and young and inexperienced (in cinema) people to get us, after two long decades, out of the vapid, commercial, pale, official documentary.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Village Voice
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Its dramatization of the passionate argument between black and white members of a Chicago "jazz appreciation club" is as provocatively stilted and crudely didactic as anything in Brecht (or Oscar Micheaux).

Full Review… | November 16, 2010
Village Voice
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Provocative mix of racial politics and progressive jazz.

February 2, 2004
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Sun Ra - The Cry of Jazz


Well made short film with politics that feel dated, but music that is timeless. Essentially a black man explains to some white people about how jazz was invented by blacks, is performed best by blacks, and is currently dead. While some of this political and jazz discussion feels dated because the world has changed so much since it was made, it is nonetheless a fine example of black independent filmmaking, voicing their views in a time when it was still not easy to express their views.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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