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I Called Him Morgan

An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.
Keywords:  #Al Harrison #Albert Tootie Heath #Bennie Maupin #Billy Harper #Helen Morgan #I Called Him Morgan #I Called Him Morgan (2016) #Judith Johnson #Jymie Merritt #Kasper Collin #Larry Reni Thomas #Lee Morgan #Paul West #Wayne Shorter
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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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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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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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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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The Public (Buffalo)
September 08, 2017
It's Helen's story that truly fascinates.
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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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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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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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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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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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San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2017
Ultimately, Collin's film is one of forgiveness.
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