Ornette: Made in America
Ornette: Made in America (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: August 31, 2012
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Shirley Clarke's 1985 documentary about the seminal jazz innovator Ornette Coleman joins an impressionistic portrait of the musician with an informative overview of his life, work, and ideas.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Coleman's life and work are treated as a continuum, which Clarke pulls from at will.

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Louis Proyect

A match made in heaven between avant-garde jazz and avant-garde cinema.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

A funky tribute to the great saxophonist.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An ambitious offbeat documentary about the elusive Texas avant-garde jazz saxophonist and innovator Ornette Coleman.

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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal

Ms. Clarke's portrait is of an extraordinary artist and genuinely likable man.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A hazy but inviting glimpse of the great modern jazz musician and his world.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Ornette: Made In America is an unusual hybrid of straight documentary and art film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
With the subject of this documentary being the great improvisatory jazz musician Ornette Coleman, filmmaker Shirley Clarke took a suitably free associative… More