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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.
O cantor estadunidense Rodriguez foi um ídolo dos jovens brancos engajados da África do Sul sobre a dura ditadura do Apartheid. Um bardo moderno, tal qual Bob Dylan, trazia em suas canções a dose exata de rebeldia, lirismo e política para influenciar uma geração. Mas quem era Rodriguez e, mais importante, o que aconteceu com ele?
Essa premissa, simplesmente genial, nos faz acompanhar a saga pela descoberta sobre a vida de uma lenda, que como mito, traz consigo toda uma aura mística. Pois nada se sabia sobre um dos campeões de venda do país. Ele estava morto? Se suicidou?
O poder da arte, que cruza fronteiras e muda a vida das pessoas sem que o artista tenha qualquer noção de como isso estava ocorrendo, e a personificação da lenda em um homem que, como vemos, traz traços ainda mais marcantes que esperávamos, faz desse documentário um ótimo filme, que vale a pena ser descoberto.
A documentary that is expertly & originally directed and respectfully penned, that holds itself beautifully for a first half, but somewhat looses itself after the encounter with Rodriguez Sixto, Searching for Sugar Man is an absolute must for music fans, but comes as an overall treat for cinema lovers as well.
Telling the story of South African Stephen Segerman & American Dennis Coffey, who start a quest to discover the man behind the "Sugar Man" song, Rodriguez Sixto, because of his unexpected success in South Africa, who is presumed dead by many, and their eventual encounter with him years into the search, as well as the subsequent interviews with Sixto's family & acquaintances.
Malik Bendjelloul proves himself as an instant talent behind the…
Not a brilliant documentary, but an absolutely brilliant musician it reveals. An unreal story of missed stardom and more particularly, deserved stardom. Well shot and compiled, and of course, the soundtrack rules. The real weakness is finding a cohesive flow to the story. That said, I loved it.
Wow! This true story is so perfectly unreal, that I could not stop from thinking all through the movie that it had to be yet another of the "mockumentaries" so much in vogue (The likes of "Exit Through the Gift Shop", "Catfish", etc). But after intense research afterwards... it seems to prove sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Fascinating tale. Fascinating guy.
Not knowing anything about the story, the way the film unfolded really did work for me, you get a chance to experience the story of this artist as if you were one of those life long South African fans and i really enjoyed that, since we might never see something else like this real life story in our life time.
Rodriguez is a very likable man and his personal story/actions (After you find out he is living) intrigued and touched me, but i don't feel that the film itself did much more with it than any short news spot would have. I wish we had a whole movie about this mans philosophy and how his family feels about it.
What an amazing story. I knew nothing of this artist. Very cool. Must see for documentary and music fans.
Absolutely amazing story and documentary. I was shocked to know how it developed; I also had never heard of this guy before this. fantastic film, worthy watch.
Fascinating doco, more to come
I think I knew too much about the twists of this film (and the critiques of its omissions) to truly enjoy it. If I'd seen it before all the hype, I probably would have had had a more "revelatory" experience. As it was, I found the story sweet, but didn't feel especially emotionally involved.
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