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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.
I loved this more than I expected to.
Fascinating and intriguing.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Such an amazing true story.
Like virtually everyone else outside of South Africa, I had never heard of Rodriquez. Music seems decent - kind of an American Donovan, I guess.
Sweet, touching documentary about a failed musicians unorthodox path to success.
The tale plays out much like a mystery, a story that feels like it's going down a path of darkness and self-destruction, but there is a revelation that lifts the film up to glory. The music is wonderful, filled full of lyrical observations and downtrodden insights that usual plays over fairly slow but kinetic establishing shots that let's the music fill the frame, set the mode and add the character, it's really innovative use of pacing the film while bringing us into the music of Rodriquez.
Of course I had my initial worried that the mystery being formed wouldn't lead to a satisfying conclusion, being the possibility the story may lead to dead end. But the film brings it back around and becomes an uplifting story, one that is phenomenal and really heartfelt, along with enlightening us with various joyful enlightening and simply a wonderful person.
Well-paced and cleverly put together.
This film tells the unusual tale of the musician Rodriguez, a folk singer from the 70s who found little success in the United States and legend has had it, due to this he committed suicide on stage. We soon after find out that he was actually a superstar in South Africa without even knowing it. Just a the details of his alleged suicide are murky, we find out that that holds true for nearly every aspect of this artist's life. Using what little information he has, the director and his interviewees set out to unravel the mystery of Rodriguez. It features your usual heart-warming story but other than that, there isn't much to this other than a good soundtrack composed of the artist's work. Regardless, this is an easy and mostly enjoyable watch.
La historia es muy emocionante y está contada con muchos medios y mucha apariencia, pero algo huele a podrido ante tanta perfección. Se ha mitificado más de la cuenta a este buen hombre, que no digo que no lo merezca, pero tampoco es para canonizarle como casi hacen al final. En la Wikipedia el asunto no tiene tanto azúcar, no escamotea datos, y no por ello deja de ser una magnífica historia.
- 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