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…
the director does not shy away from portraying marley's flaws (in particular his relationship to his kids) and ambition, alongside his visionary talent and charisma. i'd never realised what a compelling performer he was.
some epic, 'fata morgana' aerial shots.
Exhaustive but never exhausting -- haha, funny expression, that. The film loves this man. MacDonald loves Marley. And who doesn't love Marley? Everyone does. He's great, and his story brings to the fore country, race, family, religion, everything. And so many wonderful songs. There's a small heartbeat cliché (like in Herzog's CAVES?), but the script is almost always really, really good. Boots on the ground, in the country he respected. with the people he loved, listening to beautiful music.
A slow moment that's fortunately very unusual is when "Cornerstone" is played live via iPod and headphones to second cousin Peter (a white Marley) and half sister Constance (a clerk at a dry cleaners) to prove family angst. But one that's…
This is a good tribute film. And, as someone who liked Bob Marley already, it was an interesting watch, with the interviewees giving small tidbits of stories that add that much more to his life. Yet, nothing that different stand out to me about this documentary...
However, if you watch this expecting it to be a full comprehensive documentary of his life, you will be disappointed.
Buen documental, aunque demasiado largo. Me ha faltado que se hablara un poco mas de la parte musical.
I can't help but feel disappointed by this. There's no denying its a comprehensive account of Marley's life and its made with a genuine sense of love and affection for the man himself, but it feels curiously empty and the weight of the rubber stamp of his families authorisation for the film lies heavily upon it, meaning we only ever really get a sanitised account of Marley's life. As such, Bob remains an elusive figure.
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.
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…