This is a list of every rock music documentary that I have come across. I also threw in some other…
Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Directed by Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.
Kevin Macdonald’s Marley is a detailed and engaging account of Bob Marley’s life and career. Documenting his poverty stricken childhood, the creation of The Wailers and up to his untimely death at the age of 36, the documentary attempts to uncover the man behind the legendary image by chronicling every major moment and relationship in his eventful and influential life.
Because of Marley’s iconic status there is a lot of detail in the film that will be familiar to even those with only a passing interest in his career. However, the film is more than just a simple cliffsnotes edition of the man’s life as Macdonald is granted fantastic access to archival footage and an exhaustive array of talking heads…
All I knew about Bob Marley was his stunning reggae music and the fact he was full of love,peace and dope.
This documentary shows his entire life from where he grew up to how he became a true legend.
Everybody who was with Bob through the years is interviewed and talks about stories,
The problem I had with this documentary, it was too damn long and I wanted to hear more music than talking within an hour or so.
Still very interesting how some of the events came about of Bob's life and where he nearly died at one point.
I didn't know he had travelled to the UK to try and get noticed with his music at one early stage of his life ( too late now but maybe 'Sugarman' should have done the same thing).
Overall a long detailed documentary based on his life with plenty of live performances (only parts ) from Bob and his band.
Robert Nesta Marley is one of the 20th century's most iconic figures. Revered not only by music lovers around the world,but by whole generations of Jamaicans and Africans alike.
As a youngster growing up in Scotland I've got to admit reggae kind of passed me by. There weren't the multi-cultural radio stations that now give us a taste of everything from all over the world. In Scotland we lacked access to a lot of "world music" and had to be content with Radio Clyde's top forty run-downs or the latest home-grown acts of the time. Inherently racist,Scotland unfortunately never really embraced reggae,certainly not at my school. It took The Police and their "white reggae" to bring the sound to a…
The film is resolute in its ambition to represent a grand life, which means you have to allow it a grand running time. A life from start to finish; and what a life. The spiritual power of his beliefs powers both the way he played and the way he worked, so relaxed a philosophy that work/play/work/play has negligible boundaries; and this might be Bob Marley's lasting legacy. There's a truth to his faith in God, but also his faith in people, that dragged him into incendiary political situations. Once there, and whilst the guns are firing, Bob's beatific smile remains, and calms, and teaches. Hence the Messiah-like resonance that his presence left.
I came for the music, not the politics.…
I liked this mostly because of how nostalgic it made me for my childhood. I grew up listening to Bob Marley and reggae music at least once a week with my dad and my brother in the living room. We would dance and play guitar right along with his recordings. I mention this because I was pretty much guaranteed to like this before I ever saw it.
As a documentary, I think it's probably just average. I don't watch a ton of documentaries so I don't have a great frame of reference, but Marley felt almost too comprehensive and formulaic. It's 2.5 hours long and goes through his entire life, even though it was…
Installment in my Black History Month 2015 watchlist
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My earliest memory of Bob Marley is that old myth that he had multiple species of spiders living in his hair. I vaguely remember picturing him as this grizzly old man with massive hair and a massive beard. I'm embarrassed; that's an affront to the legend that he was. Hell, up until I watched this today I didn't even know that he died at the young age of 36 from cancer. Again, I'm embarrassed.
Yesterday--February 6th, 2015--would've been Bob Marley's 70th birthday so I figured it was fitting to finally watch Marley this weekend.
I obviously don't know what everyone else's knowledge of Bob Marley is…
Pretty comprehensive doc on the legendary singer features some great archival footage and paints a compelling portrait of the man, his music, and the environment that shaped him.
For some reason despite the depth of research I didn't really get a feel for why he was so revered and had such empathy for social issues. Somehow lacked heart which, for a documentary about Bob Marley, is a wasted opportunity
A bit too long but fascinating documentary about the great musician Bob was.
Fascinating portrait of a very courageous, generous man.
In the biographical film Marley director Kevin McDonald attempts to tell the story behind the icon. With interviews from record producers, to school teachers, wives, girlfriends and everyone in between the life of a man who changed a country and influenced the world is laid out for us to meet. As not being a huge Bob Marley fan myself I went in knowing very little. I knew his music, I know how he died and I have a slight understanding of Rastafarianism but I came out with a greater understanding of Jamaica, reggae and what Bob did for his people.
Bob Marley does feel very god like even though he was a man of the people and lived a humble…
A fascinating insight into Bob Marley - musician, political force, partner and parent.
Couldn't help but compare it to 20,000 Days of Nick Cave which, compared to Marley, was too self-indulgent by far.
Marley was very interesting and the editing was outstanding.
The life of Bob Marley is documented in MARLEY. Some very interesting facts are brought to light in the film. One is that Bob's father was a white man and that made Bob an outsider. He was rejected by many because of that fact. He turned to music at a young age and eventually got into a studio where he recorded pop music and some covers of American hits. The film then follows Bob's discovery of Rastafarianism and his introduction into reggae music. Bob became a political figure in his native Jamaica where warring political parties were waging warfare in the streets. He had concerts for peace in his native country. As interesting as a lot of the film is…
Marley is a biographical-documentary film, directed by Kevin MacDonald (Touching the Void) and produced by Charles Steele. Documentary was distributed by Magnolia Pictures (US) and Universal Pictures (UK). It was released on April 20, 2012.
All biographical documentaries require a struggle and patience for its filmmakers but (in case of) Kevin seems to shun this idea in his supremacy. He brings forth collections of famous on-stage footage of Bob Marley. He chronologically interweaves them together, covering short interviews, prominent quotes, sayings, and historical events that occurred in Bob's life.
Key interviews from various people, who remained with Marley. His love interest, former Miss World (as his girlfriend), a mother, a wife, friends, managers, promoters, politicians and so on.
This Documentary is very well put together, I loved everything about it. How they had many people speak about Bob Marley and how many recorded Bob Marley interviews were used to the Music they played by Marley, I loved it all. It just has a very good aesthetic to it, I watched it from beginning to end without pause very entertaining. One of my favorite Documentaries ever. 5 out of 5 stars.
Because documentaries are just as valid a way to take in information as reading a book is; though I'm pretty…
I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…