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1 hr. 30 min.

Plot Summary
This documentary profiles the life and career of saxophone player and jazz musician Ornette Coleman. Coleman, a pioneer in the "free jazz" era of the 1960s and a Pulitzer Prize winner who has played with such major musicians as Jerry Garcia, is seen here on the road. As his tour starts in Fort Worth, Tex., where Coleman was born, the musician is shown on stage and discussing his craft. Interviews are also conducted with Coleman's former band mates.


Director: Shirley Clarke

Genres: Documentary

Ornette: Made in America (1985)

Release Date: January 1st, 1985|1 hr. 30 min.

critic reviews (7)
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  • 90
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    Years after its initial release, Ornette: Made in America, part of Milestone's continuing "Project Shirley," still feels fresh - its moves always surprising, yet always somehow perfect. show more

  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Very much a work of its time, the documentary offers unique perspectives for fans of both the saxophonist and the pioneering filmmaker, but is unlikely to attract a broad audience beyond those camps. show more

  • 63
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance. show more

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