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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…
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…
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…
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.
Wow! What a simply amazing end to the day watching this documentary. This film by the late Malik Bendjelloul (who sadly died only this year at age 36) is a fantastic documentary about the men who searched for a musician who was a legend in South Africa. The 1970s star Rodgriguez (whose music I'm now listening to) was believed dead, by suicide on stage.
This remarkable and out of this world story is told in this movie which seems to move along almost lyrically and with a relaxed rhythm like the Mexican-American singer's music. I can say that this wonderfully emotional film is one of my favourite documentaries (with Bowling For Columbine, Act of Killing and Man on Wire).
I recommend this to anybody. Maybe if you like the style of Rodriguez's music it will be more stunning for you, however mainly, the narrative is more enthralling than the music.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
American zero, South African hero.
Such a great idea for a documentary. The concept is both mind-blowing and humbling, but the resonating message is how much of an impact music and indeed all artistic work can have on different cultures across different eras, in this case even simultaneously.
The social desire for such an artist in America simply wasn't there, yet almost 8500 miles away the South African culture was enraptured. Fascinating.
A truly unbelievable story about a man who meant nothing to one world and everything to another. Sadly, everyone who seems to have ever been a fan of Rodriquez's Dylan-esque wax was also a pretty big fan of valium, because these are some of the dullest interview subjects I've seen in a documentary. Though the film has been inspiringly edited to draw upon a finale with some very satisfying closure, you can't help but feel the film ends up repeating itself in those final 45 minutes, like an enthusiastic tween feeling the need to persistently remind you "how epic" this ollie he did on his bike was.
The film omits, however, that despite that Rodriguez had not been aware of…
Why haven't I been listening to this guy all my life?!!
Pretty interesting documentary.
Best documentary ever! Very touching!
I watched it over six times and could watch it over and over again.
A gripping Cinderella-story, but not just that - it`s also an example for enlightenment.
-And not to forget - the amazing Soundtrack!
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi