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I Called Him Morgan

On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin (My Name Is Albert Ayler) is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America with cinematography by Bradford Young (DOP, Selma).
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Film Inquiry
May 02, 2017 It's rare that a film makes you feel so acutely in its brief run-time, covering albums and addictions alike, but I Called Him Morgan accomplishes just that.
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Cinema Scope
October 11, 2017 I Called Morgan is a dexterous work of fusion: it's jazz history meets true crime. And it's fascinating.
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Little White Lies
July 28, 2017 Collin's exceptional, atmospheric film avoids the hysteria and hyperbole of similar true crime documentaries to usher this delicate story in with a palpable sense of sorrow rather than a desire to retroactively point the finger of justice.
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Detroit News
April 21, 2017 "I Called Him Morgan" works as a jazz documentary as well as a bizarre true crime tale about a mysterious crime of passion. All these years later, many questions remain.
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Los Angeles Times
March 30, 2017 Using a dazzling blend of cinematic tools, aural as well as visual, Collin recreates both individual lives and an entire world.
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Wall Street Journal
March 30, 2017 Musicians sometimes paraphrase Debussy, or one another, in saying that music is the silence between the notes. I Called Him Morgan has it all -- the notes and the silence, plus the music of spoken language, pitched in rueful tones of recollection.
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Spokesman-Review (Washington)
September 15, 2017 [I Called Him Morgan is] a film that is more than just another story about a flawed artist who dies young. You have something that is far closer to a work of art.
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Christian Science Monitor
April 14, 2017 Collin's approach to this incendiary material is both blatant and oblique - a bit like Lee's playing itself. Thankfully, we hear quite a bit of that playing in the film.
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San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2017 Ultimately, Collin's film is one of forgiveness.
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Globe and Mail
April 07, 2017 Morgan's relationship with Helen was so star-crossed and layered it's a mystery why the story hasn't yet been made into a biopic.
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The Public (Buffalo)
September 08, 2017 It's Helen's story that truly fascinates.
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Laramie Movie Scope
November 16, 2017 This is, like Tracy Chapman's song 'Fast Car,' a quintessential American story, full of promise, hope, heartbreak, tragedy and racism. It is a tragic, confounding and touching story, well told.
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