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Searching for Sugar Man
Great Art Always Survives
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.
Is the story of a star that doesn't sparkle in the firmament. Gran historia de la vida real que reflexiona sobre cómo las decisiones personales, confrontadas a las que otros toman, determinaron el rumbo de una estrella que no brilló en el firmamento.
Decent doc, but the best thing it did was expose me to Cold Facts and Living in Reality. Two really strong albums that are getting regular play.
If ever magical realism was perfectly captured it's in this documentary. One of the most unbelievable stories yet everything is true. It's so hard to believe that the talent of Rodriguez was, and still is really, overlooked by basically everyone except South Africa.
Euphoric. Probably the greatest documentary I have ever seen.
Probably would be best to have watched this closer to its original release, considering the revelations about 'artistic licences' taken with the facts and history of Rodriguez's music career.
As a result, the artifice is plain to see from the beginning of SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, which posits a musical legend in hiding since the early '70s when he'd actually been touring Oceania a whole twenty years before some South African musos decided the world needed to hear him.
You can't fault their enthusiasm, I suppose, though conflating hearing Rodriguez's socially-aware songs with beginning the anti-apartheid movement is somewhat unconvincing (not least because his lyrics aren't that forward-thinking when heard today - I'm looking at you, "faggot bars"). I get…
What an incredible story. Beautiful music and powerful themes. This is what I'm looking for when I watch a documentary.
Great music and an even better story: what more could you ask for? Starts off intriguing and ends utterly heartwarming, with plenty of questions about the power of music and the nature of being an artist thrown in. I wonder what other lost gems there are out there in the world.
wow. i wasn't expecting to get emotional at a fuckin documentary yet here i am.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!