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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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.Read in Source
October 11, 2017 I Called Morgan is a dexterous work of fusion: it's jazz history meets true crime. And it's fascinating.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2017 Ultimately, Collin's film is one of forgiveness.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
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