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Ornette: Made in America

Directed by Shirley Clarke
United States, 1985
Documentary, Biography


Shirley Clarke’s frenetic documentary about multi-talented musician Ornette Coleman.

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Ornette: Made in America Directed by Shirley Clarke
It eschews historical context for the immediacy of performance, making it more of a piece for fans rather than newcomers to Coleman’s work. But it is a rare peek into Coleman’s artistic process – which means it is a glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest and most influential artists of the twentieth century.
November 29, 2016
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Though Ornette: Made in America is hardly a straight-up biographical doc — its looping structure and three-legged-dog rhythms make it more like an Ornette composition than a conventional movie — it’s the place to go to unlock some of the most precious secrets of Ornette.
July 14, 2015
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Clarke spent over twenty years filming and collecting footage of Coleman at vividly different stages of his life and career, recording everything from raucous concerts and prestigious gala events to experimental re-enactments of his childhood and an avant-garde music video made by artist Kit Fitzgerald. Clarke’s film isn’t a biography in any conventional sense, but one that adopts Coleman’s freewheeling, exploratory and intuitive approach to his music and applies it to cinema.
June 30, 2015
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