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Searching for Sugar Man
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez. The film won Best Documentary at the 85th Academy Awards.
Christopher Nolan once wrote in Inception "It is the simplest version of the idea that sticks." I truly believe that the same thing applies to music as well. A simple soulful song can go a long way in touching a person's heart, changing him for good and infusing hope in him that better times would surface. Bob Dylan, Samuel Beam and Bob Marley come to my thought immediately as their songs find that immaculate and almost impossible connection with the artistically intellectual as well as with the common man. It is a bond which is incredibly difficult to achieve and something that only very few have managed to do.
This is the incredible true story of a person who played…
Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary that both perpetuates and shatters the myth surrounding the little heard musician known as Rodriguez. In the early ‘70s he released two albums that sold only a handful of copies in America yet in Apartheid era South Africa, Rodriguez’ music became a sensation and a call for change. Director, Malik Bendjelloul, creates an affectionate documentary that is part investigative thriller and part redemptive story for an artist who deserved wider recognition.
So little was known about Rodriguez the man meaning myths and legends were created around this elusive figure. Talk of suicide on stage perpetuated rumours of a bright light burning briefly before being extinguished by a soul destroying system. Yet, as is…
I think he's representative of the human spirit, of what's possible.
Most of the great documentaries of the last few years make you question how mankind has survived as a society thus far. For a change of pace, here comes one that tells the story of an enigmatic singer/songwriter from the 70s that seemingly no one had ever heard of, but nevertheless his persona grew into a myth out of nothing.
You should watch it for the simple fact that it proves the entire world hasn't gone to shit just yet and also watch it going in cold as you'll enjoy the ride much more. Seriously don't even watch the trailer. The story that unfolds, while it won't…
Sixto Rodriguez ? If you had heard of him before this documentary came out, then your music knowledge is considerably better than mine. A mysterious artist who released a couple of albums in the early seventies, he vanished as quickly as he appeared. An American guitarist, little was known of him other than that he sold very few records in his own country. He was however, unknown to even him, s sensation in South Africa. His songs struck a chord with a country battling Apartheid and even though some of his work was censored, his records were on every turntable. The voice of a generation for South Africans, the mystery behind the man was as legendary as his tunes.Stories surrounding…
One of a very few films that I thought achieved perfection in 2012, Searching for Sugar Man gives us what all great documentaries do: a remarkable journey that is entirely rewarding from beginning to end, and involves a subject that most of us probably had little to no knowledge about going in.
I was immediately entranced by the film because I am very familiar with the music of Sixto Rodriguez, and have been for several years. Like most of the people who acquired physical copies of this unique musician's albums, I only knew of him what was provided in the liner notes and lyric sheets. This movie begins as a journey to find the truth behind his assumed death (most…
I bet there is not one person that has not bought his album or played a track on YOU-TUBE etc....after seeing this superb documentary.
If you love your music and want to try something different from the 70's that you haven't heard before. Check out Sixto Rodriguez.
I cannot believe he was ignored around that time where the likes of others were getting high ratings and noticed.
Kudos for the people that brought this guy back out to the music world.
Geniale Dokumentation über einen unglaublichen Musiker der nichts von seinem Erfolg weiß. Emotionale sowie spannende Bilder mit grandioser Musik erzählen eine echt außergewöhnliche Gesichte, wie sie nur das wahre leben schreiben kann.
Seaching for Sugar Man is a fantastic documentary about a legendary 70's singer-songwriter who only learned of his "legendary/iconic" status nearly three decades after-the-fact. It is a "stranger than fiction" true story about a man who was famous and didn't even know it.
Sixto Rodriguez (his stage name was Rodriguez) played the bar scene in Detroit in the early 1970's when his soulful voice and experienced, genuine and heartfelt lyrics won the attention of some record producers who allowed him to produce two different albums which both resulted in horrible sales. As his chance at fame passed him by, little did he know his boot-legged recordings helped inspire a revolution of young Afrikaners and native Africans to rebel against apartheid…
No solo he visto un gran documental, si no que he descubierto a un gran artista.
This entertaining, if slight, doco has two great tricks up its sleeve: one is the music of the enigmatic folk singer Rodriguez (who, after his two albums were ignored in the U.S., has never been heard from again but who has become a word of mouth superstar in South Africa), whose stuff is actually really good. The second is a mouthwatering (if pretty obvious) twist, which I won't spoil here. It does what it can to stretch out to feature length, but despite the moments in the film's climax where it had an undeniable emotional punch, it just felt like too little to me.
Just felt like one big advert and I never respond well to something I perceive as trying to sell me something. I was expecting a far more grandiose story I suppose. Perhaps it's because I already knew he was alive and now successful that the film lost its impact.
I loved this more than I expected to.
Fascinating and intriguing.
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