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MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER

Sweden, 2005 (MIFF 2007, Backbeat)

Director: Kasper Colin

MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER


"...an extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary musician." - SIGHT & SOUND (UK)

"...one of the most starkly beautiful and moving documentaries ever made about a jazz musician." - JAZZ TIMES (USA)

The prophetic free jazz saxophonist, Albert Ayler, recognised as one of the most important innovators in jazz, was obsessed with his radical music and that, one day, people would understand it. In 1962, he recorded his first album in Sweden. Eight years later, he was found dead in New York's East River aged 34. “[Kasper] Collin's film is a haunting mesh of old cine footage, paint-stripping live performances, and interviews with surviving friends and family. A strange shot of a semi-naked Ayler, staring silently into the camera, threads through the film, as if the subject is daring you to dismiss him…” - Sunday Times (UK)

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D/P/S Kasper Collin WS Swedish Film Institute L English, Swedish w/English subtitles TD betaSP/2005/79mins

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