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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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Can't possibly have the impact it would have without knowing the back story, but what's lovely are some of the grace notes at the edges (particularly the pencil-drawn animation) and the directorial refusal to dig too deep into Rodriguez's current life, little moments showing everything we need. Not really into the music but not against it, either. Failure to acknowledge Australian fame (and related tours), though, is a bit weird and cooked.
A fun, interesting documentary that's part mystery, part biography. I love this man's story and his music. Great to watch once or twice!
Another Coolidge Corner documentary.
as someone puts it, movie is one genre of music, yes indeed.
O início do filme, em uma estrada, sugere uma busca, a solução de um quebra-cabeça. Tal busca de solução é afirmada pelo modo que são feitos os créditos: peças se juntando para formar um todo (no pólo oposto ao crédito de um ‘A Aterrorizada’ (The Ward, John Carpenter, 2010) onde há uma desintegração do um em várias partes.) Nessa busca, em 7 minutos já temos registros/artifícios diversos: planos da cidade, filme-diário, entrevista, animação, aproximações ao video-clipe (na animação) sendo costurados de maneira a estar em consonância com o objeto da busca, o cantor Rodriguez, americano que desfrutou fama e influência na África do Sul, embora não tivesse conhecimento disso.
Uma questão que surge no decorrer da procura é valiosa: reconhecimento…
Oh man what a amazing story ??
what a man and what a music :)
A amazing journy through the music industry of the seventies.
Stunning! A very compelling documentary about the live of musician, Rodriguez. Shot beautifully, excellent use of minimal animation, thought reflections to die for!
Storia davvero sorprendente. Emozionante il primo concerto sudafricano :)
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