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
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

Though Ornette: Made in America is hardly a straight-up biographical doc ... it's the place to go to unlock some of the most precious secrets of Ornette.

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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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Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Made in America captures a truly restless artist still seeking some ever-elusive musical transcendence. It's a terrific film.

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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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Amy Taubin

An intricately knit series of riffs on free jazz giant Ornette Coleman, one of the greatest living artists twentieth-century modernism produced.

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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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Louis Proyect

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

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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