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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.
Compelling documentary about the inspirational folk musician Rodriguez and his profound effect on the white population of South Africa. An astoundingly good documentary with a real shock moment.
Rodriguez:"Thanks for keeping me alive!"
True talent can never go unnoticed. It will somehow be recognized at any part of the world at any time. Rodriguez's life story is one of the most inspiring story of an artist of 20th century. Backed by an amazing soundtrack, this documentary may change your life. RECOMMENDED.
All I knew about this doc before going into it was that it won the Oscar and several of my friends had recommended it. The fact that I was pretty blind going in and had only guesses really helped me to enjoy it more. The story is bittersweet in all the right ways; the music is amazing; the story is pretty unbelievable. Definitely worth the watch for any music or documentary lover.
Rodriguez is talented -- cold fact -- but this doc isn't very good.
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s singer-songwriter, Rodriguez.
Fascinating documentary of something of a miracle, although some facts were omitted; in any case, Rodriguez wins by character and his wonderful songs.
Scavenger Hunt 5 Film #27
Task 5 A Music Documentary
This documentary about a musician who made it big over seas without knowing it is humbling, emotional, hopeful and intriguing. The mysterious story keeps your eyes glued to the screen and for a documentary, the cinematography and artful choices made are exquisite. One pick I would have would be with the editing. It's mostly good, but on 3 occasions, black flashes are seen which is an industry mistake that should not have been made. I felt quite attached and emotional while watching this movie, and about 20 minutes from the end of the movie, I burst into uncontrollable tears of joy and happiness that fell down my cheek for the remainder of the movie. Absolutely see this movie, it's a fascinating and compelling wonder.
"America, Zero. South Africa, Hero."
Damn, this documentary is amazing. the concept is un-cliche, and it just really hook and got you by the time you start watching. Not to mention that Sixto Rodriguez is like, one of the most original singers I ever listened; his songs are unique with all this indie-vibe. Extremely speaking, if I can describe this movie with one liner, it'll be 'one man's trash is another man's treasure'. Totally Love it.
one of my favourites .. it touches your soul.. masterpiece must watch..
A curious little tale about well-regarded, but little-known musician Sixto Rodriguez whose US career flopped in the early 70s. Unbeknownst to him, however, his music was massively popular in South Africa, although fans there had no way off finding out anything about him until a couple of musicologists decided to track him down. Ironically, searching for Sugar Man nowadays involves just a few mouse clicks, so it's fairly clear that the documentary massages the facts a little in the interest of a good story (it omits to mention Rodriguez was big elsewhere and toured Australia, for example). Nonetheless it's a nice feel-good story and a quick watch at only 80mins or so. His music isn't actually too bad, either.
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The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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