SWEDEN/ USA - 2016 - 91 MINUTES - COLOUR AND BLACK AND WHITE - DCP (D-CINEMA)
A FILM BY KASPER COLLIN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: RON MANN, NICOLE STOTT, DAN BRAUN
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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4 stars! "a mesmerizing and nostalgic flashback, suffused with a score of jazz standards and glorious black-and-white cinematography of New York then and now."
- Times Colonist
5 Stars! "Kasper Collin’s spellbinding documentary reveals the tender and tragic tale of hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen"
- The Guardian
“[A] superb documentary… as much a visual and textural triumph as it is a gripping feat of reportage.”
"An intriguing exposé of a gripping story. [As] iconic and drama-filled enough to potentially appeal to producers of fiction films.”
- The Hollywood Reporter
"[A] fascinating, heartbreaking story… Imbued with suspense… It’s a narrative screaming for dramatised treatment, though this deserves to be the version of record.”
- Screen International
"Kasper Collin’s brilliant film plays like first-rate drama as it tells the tragic story of Lee Morgan.”
- The Wall Street Journal
"a dexterous work of fusion: it’s jazz history meets true crime. And it’s fascinating."
"I Called Him Morgan hooks you from the first moments and glides effortlessly toward an emotionally impacting and enigmatic conclusion."
- The Film Stage
"One of the best, most substantial and atmospheric jazz docs ever "
- Georgia Straight
"A Lively, Moving Portrait Of Music, Love, & Murder"
- The Playlist