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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.
There are certain visual effects and carefully-planned shots that are woven throughout the film Searching for Sugarman that develop the film’s main theme, the mystery of Sixto Rodriguez. In the beginning of the film, visual effects of sketches of Detroit help establish the setting of some of the plot. This method is effective because it shows the transformation of a figment of an artist’s imagination into a very real, concrete city. This mirrors the narrative arc of the entire film – an elusive myth transforms suddenly into an actual man.
Further on in the film, these sketches transform into animated sequences of a silhouette in profile, guitar slung on his back, (presumably Rodriguez) trudging along the Detroit storefronts. This effect…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Structurally too concerned with plotting and twists. It doesn't really feel like they've *found* him by the end. Though not sufficiently used, the music is pretty great.
The choice of interviewees is strange. Did Rodriguez only have white fans in South Africa? And it's weird to hear only from white people how oppressed they've been during the Apartheid.
I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. The storytelling here is just brilliant--the way the story unfolds is constantly surprising, and every time you think "OK, well that must be the extent of the story," there's another twist that opens the piece up even more. For best results, remain completely unspoiled on the story, as I did. There are surprises that I'd hate to think got taken away from anyone. Even the trailer gives away the entire story, which is borderline criminal in my mind.
A very compelling story about an enigmatic figure who made some pretty great music. But does that make it an equally compelling documentary? None of the fans are the most interesting people in the world and the mystery certainly loses some steam when you know most of what is going to happen. Once it does finally find Sugar Man...a fascinating life and a genuinely kind, interesting, and intelligent soul does not necessarily make the most intriguing of interviewee subjects. I greatly respect and admire his humble, reserved nature but watching him not say much becomes a little anti-climactic. Thankfully the trip to Africa and the feel-great concert footage helps balance things out some.
A very touching and fascinating film about a man who had no clue that he was more famous than Elvis somewhere. Rodriguez was a blue collar worker who lived in Detroit who decided to write some music and record an album. The album didn't sell at all in America. But in South Africa, it became one of the best selling albums ever. This film is about the quest to find this lost artist and give him the fame he deserves. The film has great footage, is amazingly well done, and the story of the making of the film itself is inspirational. The director had lost almost all of his budget and had to do everything by himself including soundtrack., filming, editing, and animation. This film is the story of a great artist and the making is the story of a great filmmaker.
This fantastic tale about Sixto Rodriquez just blew me away. This story shows how important music is, how it is able to touch people's spirit and soul and leave a lasting mark.
A must see for any music lover
Very interesting. I do wish there was some retribution done regarding some potential villains, but overall there was a sweet sense of redemption. Very good movie.
I will always have a soft spot for this film for introducing me to Rodriguez's music. Since first watching this 2 years ago I've barely gone 2 or 3 days without listening to a Rodriguez song.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I had heard about this film and the premise of it, even that the guy was performing again, but then I watched it and thought maybe I was wrong, was totally sucked into the reality of the film that he was dead.
When the reveal happened that he was alive it was as big a surprise to me as if it had been unheard of, even though it now gelled with what I had heard.
Hard for a film to totally suck me into it's narrative so successfully.
Exciting, well crafted, excellently staged and best of all still great music.
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