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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.
A great love-letter to a singer that nobody knows. A really great story about finding fame in a very unlikely place! Highly recommended.
A very good documentary with a great soundtrack.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In 1970, Sixto Rodriguez released the album Cold Fact to very little fanfare in the US. Despite the timeless lyrics and anti-establishment sentiment Bob Dylan reigned supreme and he continued to play tiny gigs. Then the rumours began, did he shoot himself in the head? Did he set himself on fire on stage? No. To the backdrop of anti-Apartheid in South Africa the album became an underground hit but what became of the man?
Pretty good. Rodriguez is an enigma.
Rodriguez is the type of person that needs to be celebrated and this documentary does just that.
It's an interesting story, but not a very compelling film - there's just not that much on-screen material to string together. At the end of the day, though - it is a pretty incredible story.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Gute Musik! Lohnt sich wirklich, um den Kerl neu zu ehren. Um Längen besser als Dylan. Als Dokumentation eher schlecht, die Struktur ist irgendwie sehr erzwungen spannend, und diese zeichnerischen Sequenzen eigentlich nicht wirklich passend. Am schlimmsten wird es an Stellen, wo sie den alten Mann filmen, wie er schwergängig den vollgeschneiten Bürgersteig entlangstapft. Das Kamerateam fährt nebenher. Irgendwie überflüssig diese Stellen. Auch wenn die interviewten Leute ganz zufällig ein Buch aus dem Regal ziehen oder in einem Fotoalbum Fotos wiederfinden, die sie "seit über 30 Jahren nicht gesehen haben" mit einem Kameraschnitt dazwischen... Trotzdem hat es Spaß gemacht, die Geschichte ist eigentlich wirklich verrückt, alleine dafür lohnt es sich. Wenn man mal aufhören könnte, so ne gezwungenen dynamischen Dokumentationen zu machen, wäre das ein wahrer Genuss, die Geschichte, Musik und die Charaktere geben eigentlich einiges vor.
Wow what a documentary! A musician that sold only a few records in the US yet somehow became a musical icon in South Africa - if that doesn't make you want to see this film...you still should! The fact that this guy never made it big everywhere is a crime, his music is out of this world.
A great docu-drama film about Rodrigues ... an artist i grew up with in South Africa back in the 90's. He was an inspiration for so many back in the day - and should be an even bigger inspiration for all people nowadays. Unfortunately life has dictated that he resorts to relative obscurity in the USA.
The tragic suicide of director Bendjeloull is even more heartbreaking than the film he so successfully masterminded. A gifted man gone too soon.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!