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Ornette: Made in America
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 Caravan of Dreams, an innovative new cultural center, and invited native son Coleman to write a jazz… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] fascinating, maddening, one-of-a-kind film."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A funky tribute to the great saxophonist."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Ornette: Made in America is a look at a groundbreaking artist by a groundbreaking artist."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, Badass Digest
"Ms. Clarke's portrait is of an extraordinary artist and genuinely likable man."
‑ John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"A hazy but inviting glimpse of the great modern jazz musician and his world."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Coleman's life and work are treated as a continuum, which Clarke pulls from at will."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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