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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.
Fucked up! Très bon documentaire sur Sixto Rodriguez, peut-être le plus mythique et mystérieux musicien du XXe siècle. J'avais l'impression d'écouter Inception.
Film à voir et album à écouter.
A documentary feature (and an Oscar winning one at that) about the search for the singer Rodriguez, who was a superstar in South Africa in the 60s but for whatever reasons never achieved wider popularity in his hometown US.
Rumours surrounding his death vary from blowing his own head off on stage to setting himself on fire, but the clues as to who he was or where he came from were few and far between.
Anyway, a really remarkable documentary with a fascinating story and a truly wonderful soundtrack (which goes without saying).
Rodriguez: Thanks for keeping me alive!
So reverential and onesided, I seriously cannot believe this won an Oscar.
Loved the story... ! Says more about capturing the imaginations of the South African niche group and the music industry, than the artist himself, though...
A crazy ride, that feels more fiction than fact. However, this is no fiction, but the real life true story of musician Sixto Rodriguez. Not only is the story itself an amazing one, but the way the film is framed allows the information to unfold naturally, and almost with suspense.
A folk/rock singer from Detroit, Michigan, Rodriguez recorded two full length albums in the early 1970's, to a huge commercial flop here in the United States. The owner of the record label said he'd be surprised if 10 records sold. However, halfway across the world in South Africa, Rodriguez was one of the largest musicians of all time...unbeknownst to the man himself.
It was nice going into this film with…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A quite fantastical tale presented to us as a sort of mystery hunt with a very satisfying payoff. It starts out with telling us about this unknown little musician without telling us what it is about him that warrants a documentary, but all that dissipates when the big reveal comes about halfway through. Everyone interviewed speaks with passion about Rodriguez. The only person becoming a bit awkward and without words is Rodriguez himself, further underlining how he's really just a regular Joe who for some reason made it big halfway across the world and didn't even know about it. Its a feelgood movie in the strangest of ways.
Oh, and that music is amazing.
Documentaries can be both maddening and fascinating. By limiting themselves to one subject, they can provide a focused look into an individual’s life. However, by their very nature, they can’t expand past the footage they have. “Searching for Sugar Man” presents several fascinating topics. The story of an obscure American folk artist who became a superstar in South Africa, completely without his knowledge, could be a story about a scrappy artist finally finding artistic recognition. It could be about expectations of art and/or fame. Rewritten as a fictional screenplay, this could be a fascinating comedy about a normal person suddenly having enormous fame and fandom hoisted on them, examining the pros and cons of that situation.
But, because this isn’t…
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